No it didn't. Cops like to ticket out of state people. Do you really think this has something to do with safety? I think it's more likely because they know those people don't vote in local elections, and are less likely to fight the ticket.
He got a ticket for calling while driving. With compliance dropping again even though we've had some fatalities, the state and major agencies are pressing enforcement to get the driver's attention, with NO warnings permitted. He didn't get ticketed for any of the other things he was complaining about. It sounded to me to just be whining. The cop actually let him off when he could have ticketed him for several things, and just tagged him for an issue that is a zero-tollerance one.
Really? I think the primary focus is revenue generation. They often set up speed traps in locations that will generate the most tickets, not the places that would have the biggest effect on safety.
That may be true is some rural areas or other states. But in my part of LA, it's always because a section of road has traffic moving too far over the speed limit, and some accidents have occurred that draw their attention. It's not uncommon for a 5 lane boulevard to have traffic at 60 mph if there aren't many stoplights, and eventually some pedestrians in the crosswalks get hurt, or collisions at the cross streets happen. Then the enforcement group is out slowing down traffic. In the heavy traffic of So Cal, a cop could pass out all the tickets he wants - there are enough cars and enough infractions to keep him fully busy, so revenue really isn't an issue. But they usually don't.
Originally Posted by Greg Gordon;1010088That doesn't give the an excuse to treat people like crap, and anyway they barely even reach the top ten of most dangerous jobs: [url=http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-most-dangerous-jobs-in-america-2010-3?op=1
The 15 Most Dangerous Jobs In America[/url] . Do the people in other lines of work act like jerks and use that excuse?
I have exactly zero experience with cops that do this in 60+ years and way too many stops. Nor have any of my friends or family. Maybe somewhere once upon a time, but it's as likely to be urban legend as it is to be true. You seem to have a bias. The data presented - second hand - by Joe Sr - doesn't support that conclusion in the case at hand.
Cell phone use while driving is nearly a zero tolerance issue here, with three fatal incidents in the last several months. That's what he got. The cop could have tagged him for other things, but DIDN'T.
Also, your stats are misleading. Cops are #12, and it's the highest risk PUBLIC SERVICE job. All the higher ranked ones are commercial, and involve large group accidents (which skews the statistics for an individual's risk). Firefighters are next. Even military soldiers are at less risk!!
Innocent until proven guilty!
That's for lawyers, courts, and trials. I know when I've done something wrong. It's almost always when I'm thinking of my selfish needs and not the risks to others. I've heard it said that 80% of drivers consider themselves "above average drivers". They totally fail simple math! As my daddy taught me, "There is no grey area! It's BLACK and you are lying to yourself!"
Full disclosure: My Dad was a Deputy Sheriff (not involved in traffic at all), and one of my high school buddies was a CHP officer killed at a simple traffic stop by a guy that just robbed a 7-11.