Can a traffic stop be done on private property?
Question Details: I went to a store to get food for Thanksgiving. Once I parked in a parking spot, an officer pulled up to me with his lights on. The officer said that the reason he pulled me over was because on the way to the store I passed him and he saw that I didn't have a seatbelt on. Could he perform the traffic stop for a seatbelt violation on private property or did he have to wait until I got back in the car and left the private property?
The seatbelt violation occurred on the road to the store. The fact that you were issued the traffic ticket after stopping and parking in a store parking lot is irrelevant. When a traffic stop by police occurs, a driver pulls off the road to a convenient area including a parking lot even though you were not stopped until you were in the parking lot.
If a traffic violation occurs on a public street, then it is perfectly legal to cite a person for that violation even if they later move onto private property. The fact is that this happens frequently as officers try to wait to pull drivers over at safe locations, and many times this is on private property like a parking lots.