Local law enforcement will not be pulling over every car they see on the road or people seen going for walks without cause during the stay-at-home order, according to Marion Police Department Chief Angela Haley.
Haley said there have been rumors circulating both that the governor’s order means police can’t conduct traffic stops at all and conversely that they will be stopping everyone. The truth, she said, is that police will continue to patrol as usual and conduct stops with the same criteria they always use of traffic violations and criminal activity.
“The Marion Police Department is not pulling people over simply because they are out,” Haley said. “We’re continuing normal operations. The governor’s order does not provide blanket coverage for citizens to commit traffic infractions or criminal offenses. Enforcement activities are continuing.”
The only exceptions to normal operations regard Holcomb’s order for law enforcement to not cite or charge individuals for driver’s licenses, driver’s permits, vehicle registrations and handguns that have been or are set to expire during the period of the declared public health emergency, Haley said.
Haley asked the community for patience when calling into county dispatch centers, as callers are additionally being asked screening questions regarding if they are presenting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone that is more likely to have the virus. She also encouraged people to check up on family, neighbors and others in need.