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(Exponent-Telegram)   County may deny request to annex highway because city cops would spend all their time running speed traps instead of fighting crime downtown   ( exponent-telegram.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Salem, West Virginia State Police, downtown, appropriations, highways  
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2013-06-02 02:10:29 PM  
Interesting? more like Obvious
 
2013-06-02 02:11:49 PM  
A rational lawmaker? Hero tag?
 
2013-06-02 02:18:33 PM  
rational thought from a retired cop
 
2013-06-02 02:24:46 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

and
 
2013-06-02 02:25:42 PM  
I've read that, statistically, doing a traffic stop is one of the most dangerous things that the police do, so he can also argue that he's looking looking out for his fellow officers.

He's also polishing his reputation with the voters for his next election.

also this:

Bung_Howdy:
rational thought from a retired cop

 
2013-06-02 02:27:42 PM  
Go a bit further South to see why he is concerned.
The town of Coburg, Oregon has a police department. Not one of its officers is tasked with law enforcement inside the town. They are all employed catching speeders on nearby I-5. When the State tried to shut them down the city bought land next to the highway so it could continue. Tickets make up pretty much the entire budget
 
2013-06-02 02:39:30 PM  
If I were in charge for a day, I'd make it so that all ticket revenue, whether it is written by a city, state, or county cop, goes to the state for road maintenance. Not a dime for law enforcement or city general funds. I imagine they'd suddenly be finding better things to do and only writing tickets for the more egregious violations, and not BS like 42 in a 35 on a section of highway that should be a 55 zone anyway.
 
2013-06-02 02:42:11 PM  

buzzcut73: If I were in charge for a day, I'd make it so that all ticket revenue, whether it is written by a city, state, or county cop, goes to the state for road maintenance. Not a dime for law enforcement or city general funds. I imagine they'd suddenly be finding better things to do and only writing tickets for the more egregious violations, and not BS like 42 in a 35 on a section of highway that should be a 55 zone anyway.


The next day you'd be shot by a cop and have drugs and/or child porn planted on you.
 
2013-06-02 02:44:47 PM  
They only focus on downtown cause that's where all the lights are bright...
 
2013-06-02 02:57:38 PM  
Must not have offered a large enough kick-back
 
2013-06-02 03:08:33 PM  
Cops suck ass for giving speeding tickets.

Everyone I've ever met on Fark is an awesome driver and they agree with me that safety laws like this should only apply to other people.

The dumbass cops could save so much time if they ever realized that myself and everyone I personally know can drive whatever speed we want without endangering the lives of others. We have driving skills and stuff. Sometimes I even drift, and I've never once caused an accident.
 
2013-06-02 03:11:38 PM  

buzzcut73: If I were in charge for a day, I'd make it so that all ticket revenue, whether it is written by a city, state, or county cop, goes to the state for road maintenance. Not a dime for law enforcement or city general funds. I imagine they'd suddenly be finding better things to do and only writing tickets for the more egregious violations, and not BS like 42 in a 35 on a section of highway that should be a 55 zone anyway.


Id be OK with this, Also all money from DUIs and drug related offenses should go to a state run rehab program instead of the city/county/state general fund or the pd.
 
2013-06-02 03:16:37 PM  
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2013-06-02 03:19:21 PM  

I Like Shiny Things: Cops suck ass for giving speeding tickets.

Everyone I've ever met on Fark is an awesome driver and they agree with me that safety laws like this should only apply to other people.

The dumbass cops could save so much time if they ever realized that myself and everyone I personally know can drive whatever speed we want without endangering the lives of others. We have driving skills and stuff. Sometimes I even drift, and I've never once caused an accident.


1.8/10

needs more trolliness
 
2013-06-02 03:35:38 PM  

bump: They only focus on downtown cause that's where all the lights are bright...


They still play Bossa Nova?
 
2013-06-02 03:39:13 PM  
There is a small incorporated village in Houston with their own PD. Before I-10 was improved 9 years ago the used to run traps for their 1.04-mile of highway (one side). When I-10 was finished they tried to go back to old tricks, but they were told to stay off the highway and cool it on the feeder road.
 
2013-06-02 03:44:44 PM  
Im too lazy to google it but I believe it was a small town in Florida called Hampton or Hamlett that annexed a strip of land 100 feet wide and one mile long just so they could write speeding tickets on US 301, well it worked well until one night a motorist refused to sign the ticket and was arrested, well it turns out they didn't have actual police, just something the papers referred to as a "day marshal" and a "night marshal" which were basically glorified police auxillaries who could do traffic control and other low level stuff but didn't have the power to arrest people, so when the night marshal tried to book the offender into the jail the jail said no way and refused him, so the night marshal took the guy back to his office, handcuffed him to a desk and went back to writing tickets untill the DA came in the next morning. the night marshal then turned his "prisoner" over to the DA directly, the DA listened to his story, facepalmed so hard that the judges in Tallahassee heard it, and promptly released the speeder after apologising. The town ended up paying out more in fines and court costs than it could ever have taken in from tickets and promptly ditched its marshals for proper Sherriffs deputies, who refuse to write tickets on 301 for them.
 
2013-06-02 04:31:09 PM  

anuran: Go a bit further South to see why he is concerned.
The town of Coburg, Oregon has a police department. Not one of its officers is tasked with law enforcement inside the town. They are all employed catching speeders on nearby I-5. When the State tried to shut them down the city bought land next to the highway so it could continue. Tickets make up pretty much the entire budget


I live in Coburg (pop. 945). When I tell people where I am from they all either say, "Oh I love your antique stores" or (more often) "Oh, the place with the speed trap." For our little population we have 6 police officers.
 
2013-06-02 04:35:39 PM  

anuran: Go a bit further South to see why he is concerned.
The town of Coburg, Oregon has a police department. Not one of its officers is tasked with law enforcement inside the town. They are all employed catching speeders on nearby I-5. When the State tried to shut them down the city bought land next to the highway so it could continue. Tickets make up pretty much the entire budget


US 50 doesn't go anywhere near Oregon, but I see your point.  Pretty much everything there is paid by ticketing Californians.
 
2013-06-02 04:40:17 PM  
Somerset. KY used to be (in)famous for it's profitable use of speed limit signs. A 50 MPH sign was posted 1 inch outside city limits, and a 35 sign was posted *inside* city limits. One of our former governors, IIRC, had a large billboard put up warning folks about this.
 
2013-06-02 05:33:29 PM  

Lifeless: Pretty much everything there is paid by ticketing Californians.


Don't forget the state to the north.

Oregon is really the speedbump of the west.  Rural expressways in CA and WA are posted 70, while AZ, ID, MT and UT are 75.  Rural expressways in Oregon are currently 65, which is strictly enforced.  Driving on I-84 in eastern Oregon (some of the most desolate land in the lower-48) drags on forever.

Supposedly the Oregon legislature voted numerous times to increase the speed to 75, but Governor Kitzhaber kept vetoing the bills.  After Kitzhaber left, they managed to pass a bill that allowed the ODOT to raise limits to 70, but ODOT declined to do so because it lacked a clause allowing them to set a lower speed for trucks.  The legislature is now dinking around with another bill to fix that.
 
2013-06-02 06:26:03 PM  

anuran: Go a bit further South to see why he is concerned.
The town of Coburg, Oregon has a police department. Not one of its officers is tasked with law enforcement inside the town. They are all employed catching speeders on nearby I-5. When the State tried to shut them down the city bought land next to the highway so it could continue. Tickets make up pretty much the entire budget


Don't let me stand in the way of good Oregon hate (deserved or not, I don't know), but the article is about Salem, West Virginia.
 
2013-06-02 07:31:10 PM  
So they couldn't have static speed cameras like these (hmm I don't know what the US laws are like but maybe the over-pass road would have to be owned by the local council - not the state government?).

resources3.news.com.au
 
2013-06-02 08:37:30 PM  

anuran: Go a bit further South to see why he is concerned.
The town of Coburg, Oregon has a police department. Not one of its officers is tasked with law enforcement inside the town. They are all employed catching speeders on nearby I-5. When the State tried to shut them down the city bought land next to the highway so it could continue. Tickets make up pretty much the entire budget


Yup. And having been through there half a million times, I also know all the side roads. Or simply take 101 up the coast and avoid their little scheme. Or any other scenic highway where you're lucky to see a cow, let alone a patrol officer.

/not that I'm running weed or anything, just sayin'.
 
2013-06-03 01:26:08 PM  

Dinjiin: Lifeless: Pretty much everything there is paid by ticketing Californians.

Don't forget the state to the north.

Oregon is really the speedbump of the west.  Rural expressways in CA and WA are posted 70, while AZ, ID, MT and UT are 75.  Rural expressways in Oregon are currently 65, which is strictly enforced.  Driving on I-84 in eastern Oregon (some of the most desolate land in the lower-48) drags on forever.

Supposedly the Oregon legislature voted numerous times to increase the speed to 75, but Governor Kitzhaber kept vetoing the bills.  After Kitzhaber left, they managed to pass a bill that allowed the ODOT to raise limits to 70, but ODOT declined to do so because it lacked a clause allowing them to set a lower speed for trucks.  The legislature is now dinking around with another bill to fix that.


It doesn't matter anyway. If they made it 150mph you'd still be stuck behind a convoy of Subaru's and Prius's doing 52mph in the left lane ironically sporting the "share the road" plates.
 
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