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Why am I asked for my Social Security No. during traffic stop?

October 03, 2008

Editor's note: On Fridays, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.

Q: A caller to Mail Call wanted to alert motorists driving on the Burnside Road in Sharpsburg about a park ranger who is stopping people for speeding, "and he insists that you give him your Social Security number." The caller questioned the legality of asking for Social Security numbers.

A: Ed Wenschhof, chief ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, said rangers ask for Social Security numbers when they issue tickets. The information is used to track people who fail to pay the fine, he said.

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