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    road controll, spot check?

    I got stuck recently trying to report to someone the fact of someone else being pulled over by police in order to check out their documents and overall roadworthiness of the vehicle.

    How to say in authentic English what that person had or underwent?

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    Re: road controll, spot check?

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    I got stuck recently trying to report to someone the fact of someone else being pulled over by police in order to check out their documents and overall roadworthiness of the vehicle.

    How to say in authentic English what that person had or underwent?
    "He was pulled over by the Police for a document check".

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    Re: road controll, spot check?

    A "checkpoint" in the US. Usually conducted looking for drunk drivers, though you can get cited for vehicle violations (e.g. broken tail light) or other violations (like driving without insurance).

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    Re: road controll, spot check?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A "checkpoint" in the US. Usually conducted looking for drunk drivers, though you can get cited for vehicle violations (e.g. broken tail light) or other violations (like driving without insurance).
    And how is that "checkpoint" word used?

    Which (if any) of the below sentences sound OK?

    1. "I had a checkpoint but fortunately they found nothing to get mi cited for."

    2. "Slow down, there's a checkpoint down the road."

    Also I am curious what exactly "get cited" means. Is it the same as to "get/receive a ticket" (if BTW these words are anywhere near what is used) or something more sinister like being entered in the Police records for an offence? Anyway I always get excited when I am pulled over by the Police.

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    Re: road controll, spot check?

    I thought your pun with excited was a good one.

    Yes, a "citation" is the same as a "ticket."

    1. "I had a checkpoint but fortunately they found nothing to get mi cited for."

    2. "Slow down, there's a checkpoint down the road."
    1. I was stopped at a checkpoint, but they didn't find anything amiss.
    1. I was stopped at a checkpoint, but everything was fine.

    2 is okay, except that it's a comma splice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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