The city of Dallas can rejoice! Crime has been virtually eliminated. How else could police chief Terrell Bolton justify taking 30 officers off patrol to help crackdown on speeders? Obviously they must not have anything else to do, like catch criminals. Yet the centerpiece, the crown jewel, of this new initiative is the "safety ride", in which officers will drive side-by-side at the posted speed limit along the freeways and interstates, effectively blocking the path of would-be speeders. Follow the link from the Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/localnews/city/dallas/stories/011403dnmettraffic.d2074.html
I can just imagine the exodus of drivers jumping on the service road and speeding along the highway just to get ahead of this mess, which will only cause more congestion and reckless behavior.
I liked this part especially: "Officers will follow up the safety rides with concentrated speeding enforcement.
On Monday morning, after the brigade of patrol cars passed, a half-dozen motorcycle officers were clustered on North Central Expressway just north of downtown. They were stopping speeders and writing citations as fast as they could set up their radar units.
By deciphering the "media-speak", I surmised that the people, who were frustrated by being stuck behind the blockade, floored it as soon as the police cars exited the highway only to have motorcycle cops swoop down on them, or the old "Piss the people off by holding them up and then nail them as soon as they try to make up some time" ploy. Brilliant!
Oh well, at least people will have a new excuse for being late to work: "I couldn't help it boss. I had to go for a 'safety ride'."