Thursday, July 16, 2009

OK to speed if you are a cop - tough luck for the rest of us peons

At least the judge in this speed camera case understands the issue: "That's what this statute is: This is a revenue raiser, it is a tax machine." Meanwhile, the police department has its own policy on the matter:
Police department policy is clear: If officers don't have a good reason to be speeding they have to pay tickets, same as everyone else," said County Executive Ike Leggett's spokesman, Patrick Lacefield.

So, what is a "good reason for speeding"? Good to whom? Most speeders would claim to have a good reason. "I wanted to get somewhere on time, the speed was not dangerous for the road conditions and I was moving with the flow of traffic" might be a "good reason" for us peons, but somehow I don't think that will cut it. If the police had a "good reason", it seems that they would have their lights on in the photo.
"This is a small group of officers who are refusing to pay when it appears they should have to," said Council President Phil Andrews, D-Gaithersburg/Rockville. "The public is resentful when public employees are treated different than private citizens, unless there is a valid reason for the action."

The public? Resentful? Gee, ya think? Once again, even this guy makes an exception for a "valid reason."



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