Ask a Cop: School Buses and Substations

Montgomery County Police Department spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.


This week, Captain Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers.

Patch Reader Question: What is the law regarding stopping for a school bus on a road where there is a left turn center lane like Route 355 in Gaithersburg?

Captain Paul Starks: Unless the highway is divided, all traffic must stop.

Patch Reader Question: It seems to be customary in Montgomery County for drivers who are pulled over by police to stop their car immediately, even if they are on a busy thoroughfare such as Georgia or Connecticut, instead of turning onto the next side street before stopping. This leads to traffic problems and puts the officer at greater risk. Is it considered evading arrest if a driver proceeds to the next available side street before stopping, assuming the next side street isn't miles away? Can an officer ask a driver to move to a side street?

Captain Paul Starks: Yes they can.

Patch Reader Question: Fact or myth: Crime goes up in the summertime.

Captain Paul Starks: Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

Patch Reader Question: With the increased business development and residential construction in the East Silver Spring areas, there seems to be a strong rationale for maintaining police presence closer to the area. Since the 3rd District Police Station presently located at 801 Sligo Avenue is being relocated, is it possible to maintain and repurpose the existing facility at 801 Sligo Avenue as a police "sub-station", so there continues to be a police presence closer to the increasing business and residential development and crime in the East Silver Spring and downtown Silver Spring locations?

Captain Paul Starks: Currently the police share space with the fire department and the Silver Spring Urban Advisory on Georgia Avenue, just north of Sligo Avenue. This facility is scheduled to remain open after the 3rd District station is relocated.

ilkunta July 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
so there is a police office in the fire station on ga ave?
Joe Thomas July 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I have never seen that (hours) I doubt that you ever have either. 40 minute lunch breaks? Have you timed them? If you are so concerned why don't you call the captain of the station?
joeshmo July 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM
As the wife of a police officer...Wow...if you are bored enough to stalk the restaurants they are eating at, maybe you need to do something to better occupy your time. I think that just the fact that they are able to sit and take a break means they are doing a pretty good job keeping crime from the community. And there are plenty of days when they do not get ANY time to take a break. I'm sure in your job you get a nice scheduled lunch break everyday. It's funny people will sit and talk about how the police are never around when they need them blah, blah, blah, but who will be the ones to get up from that meal they are eating to come help you out...thats right, the POLICE.
Linda Smith July 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I think most of the world has no respect for our law enforcement you should all stop and think about what you say. Our officers are all walking targets and do what they can to serve us all. Have we all forgot about 9/11 when all law enforcements pulled together to get us through that. Come on stop palking and buy that officer a cup of coffee.


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