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(WRAL)   If a sheriff's deputy hits your car, and it is not your fault, you are still stuck with the bill to fix the damage   ( divider line
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18574 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 May 2003 at 6:07 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-05-11 01:49:36 PM  
Did Bush help write that statute?
2003-05-11 01:54:01 PM  
That's typical Big Govt. for you. If you get popped for driving without insurance you lose your license. They ram a parked car and then tell the owner they're farked.
2003-05-11 03:17:24 PM  
"I'm not in favor of the way it works either. I think if we're at fault, we should pay but I don't have any choice in that," he said.

What a cop out (no pun intended).

How about giving them 10 minutes in the evidence room?
2003-05-11 06:10:20 PM  

aren't we all just really paying for it anyway?
2003-05-11 06:13:01 PM  
I feel so violated.
2003-05-11 06:15:31 PM  
Damn that big government of Pittsboro N.C.
2003-05-11 06:17:35 PM  
Typical North Carolina politics. And I outta know, because I live there!
2003-05-11 06:17:38 PM  
You know, I don't say this often, but I think they should sue.
2003-05-11 06:17:57 PM  
What would you say, would three bricks through three patrol car's windshields make up for the $500 deductible? Sounds fair to me.
2003-05-11 06:20:13 PM  
Wake County employees were involved in 175 crashes with the public in the last fiscal year

175 crashes in a year? Talk about NASCAR country!
2003-05-11 06:21:45 PM  
What would you say, would three bricks through three patrol car's windshields make up for the $500 deductible? Sounds fair to me.

couldn't have said it better.
2003-05-11 06:21:49 PM  
The state originally passed liability immunity to protect goverments from frivilous lawsuits.

How about protecting the rest of us from frivilous [sic] lawsuits? Oh, right, that'd put too many members of the plaintiff bar out of business.
2003-05-11 06:24:00 PM  
Don't laugh too loud. A lot of cities (Atlanta included) are the same way. The AJC did a story about the city of Atlanta a few years back that highlighted how citizens got farked by wreckless officers.
2003-05-11 06:24:44 PM  
great way to get the locals to like the police even more!

2003-05-11 06:26:33 PM  
2003-05-11 06:30:23 PM  
Atlanta_Russ, I am sure you intended to say reckless but had car wrecks on your mind. Those officers are anything but wreckless!
/vocabulary nazi
2003-05-11 06:31:14 PM  
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Just goes to show that in the south, you just can't trust the law.

2003-05-11 06:32:27 PM  
PM M.C._Guyver
What would you say, would three bricks through three patrol car's windshields make up for the $500 deductible? Sounds fair to me.

Oxolic acid is a high speed oxidizer. A bit of that and some vinegar is a lot of fun too. Friend of mine lost a 2000.00 car to the City of Denver Nazi's. They got a water balloon drive-by and a shiatload of rust at several of the muni parking lots. I've heard it works well in s Supersoaker too.
2003-05-11 06:32:46 PM  
...goverments from frivilous...

Someone get this writer a dictionary!
2003-05-11 06:36:10 PM  
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2003-05-11 06:37:18 PM  
if a cop ruins my car i should get a free crime coupon
2003-05-11 06:39:07 PM  
That's it!!! I'm becoming a cop. At least I wouldn't have to freak out regarding my insruance as I watch some idiot ram into me.
2003-05-11 06:39:51 PM  
Love the suggestion TwinBrotherjuilus
2003-05-11 06:40:28 PM  
PM M.C._Guyver
What would you say, would three bricks through three patrol car's windshields make up for the $500 deductible? Sounds fair to me.

sad thing is, if you caught you throwing the bricks, you'd get even more shiat piled on in the form of fines, and/or jail time. i dunno bout nc, but where i live if you get caught even just putting a sticker on a cop car you get slapped with mischeif over $5000.

better make it two bricks.
2003-05-11 06:42:23 PM  
...if they caught you... my last post should have said.
2003-05-11 06:45:38 PM  
Bricks through windshields. Oxolic acid. Good thinking, guys. Nothing like a little vandalism to set everything right again. If this guy makes enough of a dangerous nuisance of himself, he'll pretty much get his deposit back. Err, wait, no he won't.
2003-05-11 06:45:58 PM  
Our government sucks. Generally not worse than must others I'll admit, but it sucks.
2003-05-11 06:47:11 PM  
TwinBrotherjuilus you mean one of these?
2003-05-11 06:48:05 PM  
Damn unfetchable link!
2003-05-11 06:50:05 PM  
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison does not like the law, but he said his hands are tied.

"I'm not in favor of the way it works either. I think if we're at fault, we should pay but I don't have any choice in that," he said.

Well, actually, your hands aren't tied. You could be a man, admit fault, and fork over the money out of your own pocket (just like everyone else who causes an accident) to the people who, in your your words, are being screwed by this. Or, if it's not you, at least request that the at-fault officer do the honorable thing.
2003-05-11 06:50:33 PM  
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2003-05-11 06:50:57 PM  
Damn, didn't close the italics.
2003-05-11 06:51:17 PM's his "deductible" he needs back, rather than his "deposit", but the bricks are still not going to help...
2003-05-11 06:51:32 PM  
This is a fairly common law out there: public safety vehicles, while on an emergency call, are exempt from liability in a lot of places. They DO usually have to be on a call, however.
Oh, and don't get mad at the police. These laws apply to the fire department and ambulance service, too. the people to talk to are the lawmakers.
2003-05-11 06:51:55 PM  
There we go.
2003-05-11 06:58:50 PM  
Yes Yotta, I did mean reckless. I've gotta start proofing my posts.

Almost every city has insurance to cover their liability, with the first X number of dollars of every event being self pay. Because of laws in a lot of states citizens can't sue the government so you have to rely on their integrity if you have a claim. With that being the case you know you're going to get Farked.

The story the AJC ran disclosed an interesting fact. If a city of Atlanta cop is at fault in your accident and you have insurance, the claim is almost always denied. If you have no insurance (illegal in Georgia) you stand a better chance of getting a settlement from the city. Talk about all Farked up.
2003-05-11 07:06:01 PM  
My home state, ladies and gentlemen. Pittsboro has some of the most sorry law enforcement cats you will ever meet. This is a group that was recently (around a couple of years ago) under investigation by the Eff Bee Eye. Why, you may ask? Well, these law enforcers managed to seize a sizeable amount of marijuana in a drug bust -- and then mysteriously lost the marijuana. Several deps resigned or were let go as a result. Last I heard, the feds are still working on this one.

But wait, there's more. A girl I work with used to date a Pittsboro deputy, who had the ever-so annoying habit of driving to her house, late at night, drunk. Very drunk.

To protect and serve...marijuana and booooz. Indeed.
2003-05-11 07:06:07 PM  
There are reasons people should be allowed to sue government and big business. I hope this small example opens some of your eyes.
2003-05-11 07:10:10 PM  
Oh, I forgot to add this detail about my co-worker's former Pittsboro deputy boyfriend driving drunk for his booty calls -- he was on-call during these intoxicated visits.
2003-05-11 07:13:55 PM  
DarthG: I loved that story when it came out.

"Where you recken we ought hide this here marijawanna?"
"I dunno. How's'bout the land fill."
"Ok. Git th' shovel."

1 month later...

"Hey? Where'd all the marijawanna go?"
2003-05-11 07:14:55 PM  
This is the same in Ohio, not exactly a bastion of the deep south (and Cincinati doesn't count). It goes back to the concept of sovereign immunity. I'd bet that if you check most of you will find that your states have similar statutes on the books somewhere
2003-05-11 07:15:02 PM  
o/~ I smashed the sheriff, but I did not smash the deputy o/~

I was gonna go with 'hit', but that has other meanings around here.
2003-05-11 07:22:01 PM  
People who cry 'fivilous lawsuit' really just don't want to get sued because usually they are the ones that need to be.
2003-05-11 07:22:28 PM  
A Cleveland Rta bus scraped the side of my car a year ago it was over 700 bucks in damage.I called My insurance Company and in the end they had to pay anything over my Deductible ($500) RTA paid the rest but the claims adjuster said that if I only had liability I wouldnt Of gotten anything.He told me a lot of lawsuit cause of it
2003-05-11 07:24:20 PM  
Oh yeah, I forgot to add,

Why can't the sheriffs department take some personal responsibility.
2003-05-11 07:24:44 PM  
That just makes no damned sense...
2003-05-11 07:34:22 PM  
At first I was going to say that if you get hit by a police car with lights and siren on, it's always your fault because you're supposed to get out of the damn way. But the story makes no mention that this cop had either on, so I have to assume he didn't -- which means these people are being screwed. They don't need liability insurance? What a shiatty law.
2003-05-11 07:42:08 PM  
Epsilon: IIRC the car was parked while they ate lunch. You can't get more out of the way than that.
2003-05-11 08:18:41 PM  
I wonder if there is any way to insist that the officers involved were cited for their wreckless operation of a motor vehicle...


ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-05-11 08:23:14 PM  
Most states have waived soverign immunity for negligence claims, such as traffic accidents.

Police have a legal advantage because (1) when on an emergency call with lights and siren they can disregard some traffic laws, (2) you are supposed to get out of their way. But if a police officer drives through a red light at 50 miles per hour, he or his employer will sometimes have to pay for the crash.
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