Can Police officers arrest you if your refuse to state your name and details when they are doing a roadside stop check?

Question Details: Can Police officers arrest you if your refuse to state your name and details when they are doing a roadside stop check? Do you have to provide Police officers with your name, contact details or licence if they ask for it at a routine Police alcohol test station?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Yes, police officers can arrest you if you refuse to state your name and details when they are doing a roadside stop check. Police have the right under the Land Transport Act to stop vehicles and ask the driver for their name and details. A police officer can arrest you if you fail to provide your name and details, or if they have a good reason to think that you have given false or misleading information.

For more information about police powers, click on this link: www.communitylaw.org.nz and click on this link for more specific information about police powers in the context of driving and traffic www.communitylaw.org.nz.

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