What Can a PBA Card Get You Out Of
PBA stands for the Police Benevolent Association, and almost every police officer in the United States is a member. Family members of police officers can get access to PBA cards. If you have a New Jersey State PBA card, you may be able to avoid minor citations, such as a traffic offense. In that sense, it is a real “get out of jail free” card. A PBA card will usually state, “The bearer of this card is a supporter of the PBA and you should try to extend every courtesy possible.” If you are a police officer or are related to one, it is important to know what a PBA card can do for you.
Who can have access to a PBA card?
You must be related to a New Jersey police officer to obtain a PBA card. In addition, you must demonstrate civil leadership and responsibilities. If you have a police officer in your family, ask him or her if you can obtain a PBA card. These cards are typically given out to family members who have good driving track records and have been good citizens. PBA cards are not available for friends of police officers. You must be an immediate family member of the police officer.
What’s involved in getting a PBA card?
You need to provide your driving record and proof of community service to the Police Benevolent Association. Additionally, you will need to provide proof that you are related to the officer, such as a copy of your driver’s license or birth certificate. Upon approval, the PBA card will be issued to the police officer, who must then deliver the card to you.
How do you use a PBA card?
If you are pulled over by a police officer, then hand over your PBA card, driver’s license, registration, and insurance information. Your PBA card will demonstrate to the officer that you’re related to a fellow law enforcement member. The police officer pulling you over can decide how to handle the situation depending on your overall record and your offense. Nevertheless, the more reputable your related officer is, the greater the chance you have of avoiding a ticket.
PBA cards are not a guarantee
Although PBA cards are helpful, they are not a guarantee. You need to be courteous to the officer if you are pulled over for an offense and your attitude plays a big role in his or her decision. Don’t take PBA card for granted; use it judiciously. There is no formal process for what to do when a driver hands an officer a PBA card; it is really up to the officer’s discretion.
Remember, showing a police officer a PBA card in itself is not illegal because if he or she decides to be more lenient, that is within his or her discretion. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to call Law Office of John C Iannelli at 856-227-2434. We are here to help answer all your questions.