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Rolling Roadblocks; Hope You're Not In A Hurry...

Wed Jan 15, 2003 4:56 pm

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'."
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RE: Rolling Roadblocks; Hope You're Not In A Hurry...

Wed Jan 15, 2003 5:07 pm

You must know that speeders are the worst of all criminals.
They're far worse than drug dealers, rapists, burglars and especially murderers.
They're also far easier to catch, and as an added bonus bring in more money than it costs to catch them (rather unlike other criminals guilty of lesser offenses who cost more money than they bring in).

The police here hasn't yet resorted to the measures Dallas is now taking, but I think they will once they hear of it...
Most of our country's police force is used to enforce traffic violations and generate the quota for numbers of citations and generated income from fines that the government sets each year (no joke, this is true). Cells are filled with speeders and people guilty of parking in the wrong spot, while murderers and rapists are let go because there are no cells.
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RE: Rolling Roadblocks; Hope You're Not In A Hurry

Wed Jan 15, 2003 5:40 pm

Maybe the government of Malta could get some Dallas policemen on an exchange visit. Speeding is becoming a problem over here, especially on a Saturday night. And I can tell you, I've been driven down a road at 120 km/h by someone who doesn't even have a licence.
The police apparently does possess radars and speed cameras here in Malta, but they have not been implemented yet. Meanwhile, the only thing they are up to are road blocks in search of drugs...

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RE: Rolling Roadblocks; Hope You're Not In A Hurry...

Thu Jan 16, 2003 12:01 am

737Doctor: I work in Dallas and I must say, the enforcement is way up. They are ticketing speeders everywhere - particularly in school zones. I'm all for it. Last September, one of my students was run over in a school zone by a car doing 40+ mph. He was knocked 50 feet through the air...and survived.
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RE: Rolling Roadblocks; Hope You're Not In A Hurry...

Thu Jan 16, 2003 12:17 am

New Jersey tried this stunt about a decade ago. Results:
1. Traffic less than a half a mile behind the rolling roadblock was at a virtual standstill.
2. Accidents increased.

Give Dallas a few weeks, a politician is bound to get stuck in one of these.
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