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Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:44 am

SOUTH Australian police have been pulling over motorists just to tell them they are doing a good job, Road Safety Minister Tom Koutsantonis has revealed.

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/s...y/0,22606,25304368-5006301,00.html

Really?! Really?! Wow..what a nice idea. This can be extended to other fronts also.. for example, I would love to be dragged out of a night club by the bouncers, taken out the front, and have them say " Just wanted to let you know that we think you are a great patron. You are drinking responsibly, getting on with the other folk, and being generally pleasant on the dance floor. Please, go back inside and continue to have a good night. Cheers".

What a #$%#% waste of resources. As if they weren't already annoying..pulling people over for ridiculous things (overspeeding..doing 66 in a 60km/h zone..yeah right..as if I killed a hundred people by driving 6km/h over the limit)...now this. Only in Adelaide.  Yeah sure
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:11 pm

I don't think it's such a bad idea. People always complain that cops are the "bad guys". This might actually do something for this "bad guy image" some people have of policemen.
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:17 pm

Reminds me of my last visit to the dentist. The guy was standing with his back to me, looking at the x-rays, muttering and saying "Awful, just awful", I was freaking out, imagining all kinds of evil-looking drills and shit. Then he turns, and shakes his head, and repeats: "Awful", then he says "If everyone had teeth like these, I'd be out of a job."

I might have punched him. Smart-ass.

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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:20 pm

I actually remember reading about something like this a few years back, forget where they were doing it. If I remember, as part of it, they were giving drivers coupons for some kind of freebie, like pizza at a local pizzeria or something. It's just like with kids or pets - yes, you punish bad behavior, but rewarding good behavior helps to reinforce it as well.
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:46 pm

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
What a #$%#% waste of resources. As if they weren't already annoying..pulling people over for ridiculous things (overspeeding..doing 66 in a 60km/h zone..yeah right..as if I killed a hundred people by driving 6km/h over the limit)...now this. Only in Adelaide.

Let me assure you that Adelaide is far from being unique... at least in this regard.

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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:49 pm

It is totally stupid, rather pull over the ones that shouldn't be driving. If you are driving within the law the first reaction might be "WTF I wasn't doing anything wrong" which could change the happy mood in a flash.

Quoting Doona (Reply 2):

Now THAT'S funny!
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:43 pm



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
I don't think it's such a bad idea. People always complain that cops are the "bad guys". This might actually do something for this "bad guy image" some people have of policemen.

It's ridiculous. But I'll guess it will work great in switzerland where they hate cars and drive also below the speed limit. why? Because they hate cars and the cops love fining.

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Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:03 pm



Quoting Jush (Reply 6):
But I'll guess it will work great in switzerland where they hate cars and drive also below the speed limit. why? Because they hate cars and the cops love fining.

Wait, I didn't quite get the sentence. Who hates cars in Switzerland? The general population or cops?

Regarding driving below the speed limit - probably you've seen a different country, but not Switzerland. The average is driving on speed limit or 10 above.
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Quoting Moose135 (Reply 3):
I actually remember reading about something like this a few years back, forget where they were doing it. If I remember, as part of it, they were giving drivers coupons for some kind of freebie, like pizza at a local pizzeria or something.

IIRC, it was somewhere along US 30 in southeastern PA (aka the Main Line area). I forget which town(s) along that stretch were actually doing it at the time.
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:39 pm

I might only consider this if a followed someone into a parking lot or something similar. I can hear it now: "Damn copper pulled me over, interrupted my trip, just to say thanks".

It's a cool idea, but not practical, and not necessarily safe either . . .
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:55 pm



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
Really?! Really?! Wow..what a nice idea.

No way! I dont want to be pulled over by a cop just to say that I have been doing a good job driving. I don't want to be bothered by a cop. If they don't bother me, I won't bother them...nor will I even go near them.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
not necessarily safe either . . .

Ditto!  checkmark  Same goes for citizens, too!
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:29 am



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
not necessarily safe either . . .

It seems to me that this needlessly puts Officers in harm's way. What's to say an officer won't pull over someone who is wanted for some violent crime for driving safely, only to have said criminal go after the officer since he assumes he/she's going to arrest him?
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:47 am



Quoting Bok269 (Reply 11):

You are exactly right, depending on the location . . .

Pull someone over in Mountainview/Fairview section of Anchorage to tell them . . . "Thanks", you could get killed. Ditto some areas of Fairbanks.

Therein lies my point.

While this sounds like a graet way to make community points, it cuts in to Officer Safety and is, in my opinion, a gamble. I don't mind playing blackjack, but I won't gamble that the person I wanna thank is on my side. 10-19/10-21 notwithstanding.
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:07 am

They tried this in my hometown maybe five or six years ago. They started a "Caught Doing Good" (or something along those lines) program around Thanksgiving where they'd give you a "ticket" for a free turkey.

It was a novel idea, but I believe it was cut short by people complaining that 1) getting pulled over for ANY reason is particularly embarrassing and nerve-wracking and 2) it took too much time.

I liked the idea, but in the future it might be nice to just look up the address belonging to the license plate and mail the reward there.
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:09 am



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 12):
While this sounds like a graet way to make community points, it cuts in to Officer Safety and is, in my opinion, a gamble. I don't mind playing blackjack, but I won't gamble that the person I wanna thank is on my side. 10-19/10-21 notwithstanding.

Yes, but the point is most cops here are well-respected by the general public. We don't need them stopping us just to tell us we are doing a good job (this is rather demeaning don't you think - like patting a dog and rewarding it for behaving well). Another thought..what if I am driving along at the correct speed etc..and see a cop flash his lights to pull me over...what if I don't stop? After all I am doing everything right...so why should I stop? Does this become an offence then?

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 10):
No way! I dont want to be pulled over by a cop just to say that I have been doing a good job driving.

Dude I was being sarcastic..did you miss the  Yeah sure  Wink
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:05 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 14):
Yes, but the point is most cops here are well-respected by the general public.

You don't live in a big city do you?

LOL.

I get it my friend . . . but, that ain't the way it'd work in LA, NYC, Chicago, boston, Denver, Anchorage, Baltimore, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Little Rock, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Boise, . . . .you get it . . .

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 14):
Another thought..what if I am driving along at the correct speed etc..and see a cop flash his lights to pull me over...what if I don't stop?

Then you get the Dallas Football Player treatment. A Fleeing gelon at that point, subject to the full persecution of the law. Of course, the politics will take over and your Chief will become a politician instead of a cop and you have to quit if you're the cop, and evryone thinks - you the cop - area a scumbag - because you did your job . . .

But, eh, I digress . . . . . . . .
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:33 am



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 8):
IIRC, it was somewhere along US 30 in southeastern PA (aka the Main Line area). I forget which town(s) along that stretch were actually doing it at the time.

Maybe I should drive out that way more often, eh?  Smile

I wouldn't press your luck anywhere near Downingtown or West Chester tho. You get pulled over in either one of those places, you can kiss your bi-weekly pay check good-bye just about...

I'm sure if you were to ask them about the word, "warning," they'd tell you that word does not exist in the Brandywine Valley criminal justice dictionary...
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:47 am



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
I don't think it's such a bad idea. People always complain that cops are the "bad guys". This might actually do something for this "bad guy image" some people have of policemen.

This is not going to help the image. I'd leave feeling annoyed they interrupted my journey, made me late and stressed me out in the process. Not to mention it isn't exactly safe pulling over on a busy road and then having to re-enter the traffic.
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RE: Police Pull Over Drivers To Say 'well Done'

Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:54 pm



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 16):
I'm sure if you were to ask them about the word, "warning," they'd tell you that word does not exist in the Brandywine Valley criminal justice dictionary...

In Somers Point, NJ; there's a sign right at the border posted under a Speed Limit 25 sign that states You Have Received Your Warning.

For those unfamiliar with where Somers Point is; located between Ocean City, NJ and the Garden State Parkway.

Along I-95 in Maryland there were (not sure if there still are) similar You Have Received Your Warning signs.
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