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Caught speeding on camera, police officers refuse to pay tickets

Caught speeding on camera, police officers refuse to pay tickets

ROCKVILLE, Md. - No matter what the cameras say, some drivers are refusing to pay dozens of $40 speeding fines.
Who? Police officers.

In the last eight months of 2007, Montgomery County's new speed cameras recorded 224 cases in which police vehicles were recorded travelling more than 15 kilometres an hour over the speed limit, according to department records.

Supervisors dismissed 76 of those citations after determining the officers were responding to calls or had valid reasons to break the speed limit.

But that left 148 who didn't have that excuse, and about two-thirds of those citations haven't been paid, said police Lt. Paul Starks.

The police union says officers shouldn't pay because the citations are issued to the owner of a vehicle, in this case the county, and not to the driver.

Police Chief Thomas Manger doesn't buy that argument.

"We are not above the law," Manger said. "It is imperative that the police department hold itself to the same standards that we're holding the public to."

Manger said officers who continue to ignore citations might be disciplined.
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Thats typical, I see that happening all the time on our highways in NH, I even see them use the lights to get through traffic faster. They should all be fired for braking the law that they make use obey.
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The ones who don't believe the law applies to *them* are hypocrites.

And there are plenty, you should see them whine on, they say because "their job is high risk" and "that they are misunderstood" and that they "put their life on the line" that the laws they enforce should simply not apply to THEM, it is a perk of the job.

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A couple of months ago I watched a cop, his wife and kid get in his cruiser [take home program] as they left a store as we did. We both hit the limited access highway at the same time. Speed limit 55. He slid up to 80. I decided to just stay right behind him. You could see him check the rear view and call another officer. I called 911 on the cell and told them to have a supervisor available if I got pulled over. The following officer strangely left as the one in the front slowed to the speed limit.

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That’s awesome, kudos to you for challenging a dirty cop.
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Good on u mcB. Too much policing, too much government..
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You can't challenge the cops in Baltimore... Above all they don't like to be called dude
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