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Police can request ID, run background check on car passengers, Utah Supreme Court says


The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that police are allowed to ask for passengers' identification and run a background check on them during a traffic stop — even without suspecting criminal activity.

In a 5-0 decision last week, justices overturned a 2014 district court ruling that argued such police actions were "beyond the scope of a routine traffic stop."

The ruling stems from a case involving Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Horne, who stopped a car for an improper lane change. Horne collected IDs and ran a background check on the driver and the passenger, George Matthew Martinez Jr. FULL ARTICLE

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