Police officers are often in a jam, but not always, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
The court said it was difficult to determine whether a stop is in a “high risk” situation for police, and that police can still try to communicate to the driver that they are not in a high-risk situation.
It also said officers have a “right to communicate” with a driver in a situation that creates a “real and immediate risk” to officers’ safety.
The decision was in response to a suit brought by the New York Police Benevolent Association, which said the officers in question violated the state’s Traffic Safety Law.
Police said that after officers made a stop at a intersection with no traffic lights, the driver didn’t comply with directions to show a police license.
The lawsuit said the officer violated a state law prohibiting stops that create a “disturbance to public safety.”
The court did not address whether a driver who has a traffic violation can be stopped for a traffic stop.
The ruling, which came as a result of a hearing in September, comes on the heels of several traffic-related incidents in New Jersey, including a fatal crash in which a police officer killed a pedestrian after stopping him at a crosswalk.
The state has since adopted a law that makes it a crime to fail to yield the right-of-way to a driver whose vehicle is stopped at a stop sign.