The only loophole I see in this whole debate is that around here, the cops are some of the worst about driving while on the cell phone, weaving through traffic, not signaling, etc.
Sorta kinda on the same topic, but maybe not really...
I had an interesting conversation with a local cop a few weeks ago. I was heading out the garage on the bike when he pulls up in my driveway. Apparently he needed a place to stop while he was writing an order to have the neighbor's truck towed because the back bumper was hanging out just over the edge of the street. He was polite, told me what he was doing, and said sorry as he moved his car, but I had to say something to him. I asked him why he was worried about 6 inches of a neighbor's truck hanging in the road...a dead end at that, which had broken down in his own driveway, when I thought he needed to be doing something more important like searching for people selling drugs to kids and crazy drivers. He laughed it off but I could tell he was mad.
They towed my neighbor's truck and charged him a $175 ticket plus he had to pay another $200 to get it out of the police impound. What a load of crap. I even offered to wake the neighbor up and help him push it the rest of the way into the driveway.
Too many police encounters like this make me sad to see that those who are there to 'serve and protect' are really servants of the local government helping this poor city stay in the black with piddly tickets.
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