- Feb 25, 2011
- Reaction score
Umm, actually speeding is a civil infraction. Although you are rendered in that Officers control until the Stop is over. (You all signed it when you got a DL) But it can become a criminal act if the speed is excessive(check you local laws) here in Florida its 20mph over. Thats why many many people are cut HUGE breaks on a daily basis when the officer makes the Ticket for only 9MPH over. Big difference in fine for 9-10MPH. Many will also just get a warning. The thing is, these speed traps as you call them (better known as problem areas that are high in accidents) are very neccessary to keep the majority of the population honest.......and safe.
When you see a dirty POS riding a bike because she probably got her DL taken away obstructing officers from their duty your reaction should not be incensed unless its directed at that person.
Now a days most cars made are capable of 130+ . If you don't think that people would be taking advantage of that left and right without Law enforcment you are crazy. Or like that dirty hippy..........have already lost your DL and have a bone to pick.
You're right, speeding is a civil infraction (that's why I put 'crimes' in quotes).
I don't think most people have a problem with lower speed limits in such places as school zones or dangerous stretches of road. Every road needs to be evaluated individually. My point was that if speed limits for normal stretches of road were again set by the 85th percentile, the roads would be safer, and otherwise law-abiding people would stop seeing traffic cops as the 'bad guys'. (Most people's interactions with police are traffic stops - which is usually not a good thing.)
I happen to like cops (my wife comes from a cop family), and I don't like how some governments have turned them in revenue generators.
I have no problem nailing a guy that is driving recklessless fast (I would think that most people don't), but to nail someone for doing 5 over when that is a safe speed for the conditions doesn't seem like the best use of law enforcement to me.