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Old 02-29-2012, 01:00 PM
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In the thread about speeding tickets it was said that following a cop at 85 in a 65 resulted in a ticket. Shouldn't the cop have gotten a ticket also? I see cops all the time driving 90+ on the highway without lights on. Don't they have to obey the same laws? Are they allowed to drink and drive also? I remember a 60 Minutes story many years ago where someone was using a radar gun on cops driving on highways and back roads and it was incredible how fast they were going.
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They are always on a "no lights" (or whatever it is called) call whenever anyone questions their speeding..
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They are always on a "no lights" (or whatever it is called) call whenever anyone questions their speeding..
In that case, the cop woudln't have had the time to pull the guy over that was following him.
Your point is exactly what the 60 Minutes story exposed. They didn't have anything that would have warranted the speed they were traveling.
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I live in FL and on 75N I was in traffic with a cop and I was a reasonable distance behind him, but was travelling at the same speed as him (probably around 10 over) and he put his lights on and gave me a "wag of the finger" in the rear view to tell me to slow down, so I dropped it 5MPH and he kept going with lights off.

Sort of a weird event, but not uncommon for cops to drive quicker than the limit with their lights off.
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They are investigating a bunch of cops in south Florida due to speeding. They got the info from the "Sunpass" transponder and used it to calculate how long it took to get from one booth to the next.
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I will play Devil's advocate here:

How do you think the traffic would be like around a cop doing the speed limit?
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How are they supposed to catch speeders if they drive at the limit?
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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
How are they supposed to catch speeders if they drive at the limit?
Pull over and wait for them to come.
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Most depts do sporadic radar enforcement on officers for accreditation to catch speeding officers. Do officers speed, they shouldn't but most do. Sometimes they are going to a call but many times they aren't either. I may run 7 or 8 over to keep traffic from backing up BUT I wont stop anyone for speeding unless they are going at least 20 over. To answer the question most LE can ignore traffic laws, in most state,s per statute IF needed for an actual LE situation but not just driving around.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I will play Devil's advocate here:

How do you think the traffic would be like around a cop doing the speed limit?
I hear ya, but at 80-90, I like to only have to worry about cops ahead of me- not ones that could catch up to me.
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Originally Posted by Tuna Colada View Post
In that case, the cop woudln't have had the time to pull the guy over that was following him.
Your point is exactly what the 60 Minutes story exposed. They didn't have anything that would have warranted the speed they were traveling.
No, you get pulled over 3 seconds after the "no lights" call gets cancelled.
And there is no way to prove if they were on a "no lights" call.
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
Most depts do sporadic radar enforcement on officers for accreditation to catch speeding officers. Do officers speed, they shouldn't but most do. Sometimes they are going to a call but many times they aren't either. I may run 7 or 8 over to keep traffic from backing up BUT I wont stop anyone for speeding unless they are going at least 20 over. To answer the question most LE can ignore traffic laws, in most state,s per statute IF needed for an actual LE situation but not just driving around.
I never get pulled over by officers like you. My most recent ticket was for doing 80 in a 65 on Route 95 in Maine (4 lane highway). I was traveling with the traffic, even saw the State Trooper on the side and never thought I would be singled out.
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If they wanted to control the flow of traffic all they have to do is drive with a sign on the back of the car (seen it done) that says, "This car is driving at the speed limit".

Pull over anyone passing to cop and speeding problems are solved. Point is they want you to speed so they can justify the taxes and make money at the same time.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I will play Devil's advocate here:

How do you think the traffic would be like around a cop doing the speed limit?
Good point. Nothing worse than a cop doing the speed limit and causing a traffic problem since no one wants to pass them. Also, nothing worse (stress) slowly passing a cop who is doing the speed limit but the few times I've done that or seen it done they never pull anyone over. I think they get it.
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
If they wanted to create a traffic nightmare of biblical proportions and create an even more dangerous highway all they have to do is drive with a sign on the back of the car (seen it done) that says, "This car is driving at the speed limit".
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When are you guys that question what cops do going to wake up? They do whateverTF they want to do. Criminal acts by cops will get them in trouble, but speeding?? Or driving while on the phone?? Come on now.
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Copied from officer.com


(5) AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES.--

(a)1. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call, when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, or when responding to a fire alarm, but not upon returning from a fire;

2. A medical staff physician or technician of a medical facility licensed by the state when responding to an emergency in the line of duty in his or her privately owned vehicle, using red lights as authorized in s. 316.2398; or

3. The driver of an authorized law enforcement vehicle, when conducting a nonemergency escort, to warn the public of an approaching motorcade;

may exercise the privileges set forth in this section, but subject to the conditions herein stated.

(b) The driver of a vehicle specified in paragraph (a), except when otherwise directed by a police officer, may:

1. Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this chapter;

2. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;

3. Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as the driver does not endanger life or property;

4. Disregard regulations governing direction or movement or turning in specified directions, so long as the driver does not endanger life or property.

(c) The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle specified in paragraph (a) from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from the consequences of his or her reckless disregard for the safety of others.

History.--s. 1, ch. 71-135; ss. 1, 7, ch. 76-31; s. 2, ch. 77-456; s. 1, ch. 80-176; s. 1, ch. 88-74; s. 301, ch. 95-148; s. 14, ch. 97-256; s. 15, ch. 97-300; s. 87, ch. 99-13; s. 93, ch. 99-248.

Note.--Former s. 316.051.
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