A blatant double-standard in speed enforcement.
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And the Officer Saunders Incident is not an isolated aberration. In Florida, recently, the Sun Sentinel newspaper exposed the fact of “oral reprimands” given to 31 state troopers for driving at “excessive speeds.” How excessive? In excess of 90 MPH. There were 5,100 incidents of excessive speed documented by the paper, including at least one incident involving speeds over 130 MPH. Mind, these were not “emergency calls.”
In addition to being “orally reprimanded,” the offending officers also sometimes lost the privilege of their take-home squad cars. None lost their jobs — much less their driving “privileges.” Not a ticket was issued. Not a single “point” assigned. No insurance consequences. In fact, no real consequences at all. (See here for the original Orlando Sentinel story.)
But of course, we all know the story. Is there anyone out there who hasn’t witnessed police “speeding”? Who has not personally seen a cop do — with impunity — that which he’d ticket you or me for doing? Followed up with a lecture about the “dangers” of so doing?
It does not require further elaboration. The double standard is jarringly obvious. Cops are allowed to get away with speeding — and not “buckling up for safety” and carrying their guns wherever, whenever. Because they are cops. Our modern-era praetorians.
Just don’t dare give them the appropriate Roman salute — or you’ll find yourself even farther over on the wrong side of that double standard.
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