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March 25, 2013

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Watch for keyless-ignition systems on stops

Submitted by:
Greg Bealer

Just thought I’d pass on something I learned the hard way.

I performed a vehicle stop on a theft suspect and I asked him to throw the keys up on the roof. I was baffled for a bit why the vehicle was still on after he did it.

I realized this vehicle has one of the newer keyless-ignition systems, and the key only has to be in the proximity for the ignition to work, or for the vehicle to remain running.

Luckily, he didn’t try to flee.

Just one more thing we need to keep in the back of our minds on traffic stops.

Be safe.

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