http://www.sgvtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,205~12220~1501734,00.htmlSo let me see if I got this straight:
They're using helicopters to "patrol" looking for 'unsafe' drivers. Ok, fine, I have no problem with looking for people/vehicles that present a real threat to the public.
All it takes is a half million dollar Bell JetRanger helicopter, Jet-A and repairs, a pilot, and an airborne officer, plus an actual officer on the ground to issue that citation.
What would be the added cost to the taxpayers if the driver pleads "not guilty" and shows up at court demanding a trial, requiring all of those people to come testify?
It absolutely amazes me what we get rammed through our collective throats whenever it can be linked to "safety".
Safety, my ass. Using an airplane or helicopter to catch speeders is not only counterproductive in terms of cost, but serves little more than to stoke the egos of the officers as well as their hierarchys. As if we didn't already have enough cops who wear their badge on their dick, now we have this to deal with. The cops are already whining that they have adversarial relationships with the public. Well this sure as shit isn't going to do anything to help.
But at least it allows them to put out lofty press releases like this.
I don't know which is scarier: the helicopters or the public that will actually be sold on the idea that this is "for their own safety".
Don't get me wrong. I support LEGITIMATE safety concerns as much as the next person, but why not chase the problem at the source? Like being a little more selective on who we issue drivers licenses to-or addressing the root causes of such behavior-like not setting up so many roadblocks or onstacles, or lobbying the trucking industry to give the drivers more time to make their runs?
Oh wait...there's no ego boost or profit in such things.