flyf15
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Police Catching Speeders

Wed Apr 25, 2001 9:48 am

I got to thinking today, and I can't figure out why highly trained police who are paid for by the public spend great deals of time to catch a few speeders here and there (who are usually otherwise common law-abiding citizens)? I mean, I know they are breaking the law, but here in the US we have such high crime rates and large problems in some areas that wouldn't fighting the big problems be a better idea?

Once we no longer have murders, drug smuggling, or theft, then they should start worrying about catching Joe Public while he's trying to get to work on time.
 
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RE: Police Catching Speeders

Wed Apr 25, 2001 9:50 am

Very simple - it makes more money. Do you know that police officers actually get commission for people they fine? Here in Denver, when I drive to DIA, I can see people getting busted for speeding left and right. Why? - because it's an easy way for the state to make money.
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aa737
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RE: Police Catching Speeders

Wed Apr 25, 2001 10:55 am

I agree that it has a lot to do with making money. Whether or not the police are needed elsewhere, they need to make money in order to function well. I think I read in some local newspaper that my town is in the top ten safest cities in the state (not sure it it all cities in CA, or just towns our size) so the cops have nothing better to do then sit around and pull people over for rolling through stop signs or speeding.
 
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RE: Police Catching Speeders

Wed Apr 25, 2001 11:23 am

Hmmm...Sounds suspiciously like sour grapes...  Innocent
 
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RE: Police Catching Speeders

Wed Apr 25, 2001 3:25 pm

I remember a little town in Texas near Austin. Jonestown was a tiny trailer village sitting on a state highway, may 200 or 300 people, maximum. But they had 2 top-of-the-line "City of Jonestown" patrol cars, and my understanding is that 80% of the towns revenues came from speeding tickets.

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