I have a question that perhaps someone can answer. It’s something that has bugged me ever since I hit the road in my teens for the first time as a licensed driver.
Why is it that law enforcement officers can drive way over the speed limit, operating their vehicles at speeds that they’d pull me over and ticket me for?
Since I currently live in Midway, I pass the law enforcement academy each day as I travel to and from work. And every day, I see officers pull out of there – from all of the local law enforcement agencies, I must add – and proceed to speed.
That particular stretch of road is also in front of East Gadsden High School, and the speed limit is 55. The limit then drops to 45 mph as you come into Midway. Several times a week as I’m headed home, I see LEOs pull out of the academy, then fly around me. I see them do the same thing early in the morning.
In fact, one night last week, an officer from the Tallahassee Police Department pulled out of the academy and accelerated his vehicle until he went flying around me, doing every bit of 60 to 65 mph. He continued to speed toward Tallahassee, never slowing down, even through the 45 mph zone.
And that’s not the first time I’ve seen that happen. This is a problem. (That was an understatement.)
First of all, it’s a school zone. The speed limit is 55 through there, and there are students and buses pulling in and out of that campus. Driving any faster than the posted limit is just stupid. You’re putting lives at risk.
Second, think about the gas you’re wasting, officers. When you accelerate your vehicle like that, you’re using gas that taxpayers have paid for. Stop wasting taxpayer money.
And third, you’re setting a bad example. You are a sworn officer of the law, and therefore should act like it. You should all uphold the very laws and standards you enforce.
If there is an emergency, turn on your lights and siren and take off. By all means. Drive fast. Do your job. I’ll even pull over to make sure you can protect and serve. It’s your job, and I respect you for doing it.
But if you’re just in a hurry to get home at the end of a long day, slow down. If you’re not on duty and there’s no emergency, you’re just like the rest of us law-bound citizens...and you should obey the speed limit. Period.
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