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a) "There is someone who is looking out for the people and keeping us safe"

b) "Great another person out to get people, and make his quota"

Do you have a different impression if the cop is easy to see, or is in a partially/totally obscured possition?




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The Black Guardian

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Location: Paragon City, RI
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I preface this by saying that I never, ever, ever drive at speeds over the posted speed limit (except out of ignorance). As my wife says, "I drive like a grandma." A "grandma" with the radio blaring at max, but... yeah. I like to hear my windows vibrate.

Anyway... Depends.

On the highway? I tend to think B.

At a school zone? A.

I've never actually seen a cop with a radar gun anywhere else. I'm sure they do go elsewhere, but I've never seen it. So, I don't know.

A recent local addition has been cameras at many major intersections, and one of the things they check is speed. I'm not fond of these cameras, even if they never catch me doing anything wrong... because I never do anything wrong.




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atrimus


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where i live, i usually never do more than 10mph over the speed limit on the highway, and i regularly get passed by other people (including cops). i tend to think option B, as i only see cops with radars in obscured positions, at speed traps, and usually only during the end of the month; it's the latter that makes me believe they're just trying to meet a quota.


    Quote:
    a) "There is someone who is looking out for the people and keeping us safe"



    Quote:
    b) "Great another person out to get people, and make his quota"



    Quote:
    Do you have a different impression if the cop is easy to see, or is in a partially/totally obscured possition?






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thorfan




I personally believe that it is a revenue getting scheme that has nothing to do with public safety if it was something different then they would not hide in the bushes and set speed traps in poor communitys only. Ironically I have never seen a speed trap set up in River Oaks(an exclusive section of Houston). Just my opinion.


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Reverend Meteor





    Quote:
    a) "There is someone who is looking out for the people and keeping us safe"



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    b) "Great another person out to get people, and make his quota"



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    Do you have a different impression if the cop is easy to see, or is in a partially/totally obscured possition?


I hate cops. The cops in my town are corrupt. One murdered his son at his elementary school...he tried to kill the baby's momma first but she used her kid as a shield I think then the cop killed himself. Another cop imprisoned a teenage girl in his house for a while where he raped her. One cop stole a computer from the court house I work out of. Others cheated on some exam they had. Our police chief was recently fired for some scandal or other.

By and large I think cops are douchebags. I say that but sadly my position requires me to deal with them on a semi regular basis \:\(

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    I personally believe that it is a revenue getting scheme that has nothing to do with public safety if it was something different then they would not hide in the bushes and set speed traps in poor communitys only. Ironically I have never seen a speed trap set up in River Oaks(an exclusive section of Houston). Just my opinion.


I know several cops...they would never admit you are right...but you ARE right \:\)




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jedispyder




It partially depends on where the cop is located. If he's near a school while school is getting out, they're there for the kid's safety. I've actually seen a cop walk out in traffic to stop a car going too fast as the kids are being let out.

Now, if it's on the highway or on a random backroad, I feel they're there just to get the money. Where I live there used to be a speed trap where you almost always knew a cop would be there. It was a well known fact that a part of the city budget was specifically from that speed trap. Luckily that's gone now, but I still can't help but stay slow in that area. There's also a spot on the highway where I do always expect a cop to be...


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Eh. I've got a friend who hates cops and thinks they're all corrupt. This is because she's broken the law several times and been called on it, for which she blames them. Personally I think anyone breaking the law at any time for any reason firstly should not be surprised when they are caught, and probably shouldn't complain when they are punished. If the punishment exceeds the crimes, they can complain about that. I guess my attitude goes back to high school when kids would routinely tell stories about speeding tickets, i.e. getting caught driving 60 mph thru a 25 mph residential zone by a cop who had the audacity to give them a $100 ticket. Lost on them was the fact that they got away with it the other 99% of the time they did it so they really should have been stoked about how often they skated thru life. I suppose that's when I realized that most people are only interested in their own convenience and don't care much about other people except when other people interrupt them doing whatever they please. Sure, there's some corrupt cops out there like the ones you mention but then there are corrupt people in every walk of life regardless of what uniform they wear.



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Reverend Meteor





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    Eh. I've got a friend who hates cops and thinks they're all corrupt. This is because she's broken the law several times and been called on it, for which she blames them.


Which is all fine and good if you go with the assumption that the only people who dislike cops are criminals. I don't have a rap sheet...and I don't like cops.




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    Personally I think anyone breaking the law at any time for any reason firstly should not be surprised when they are caught, and probably shouldn't complain when they are punished. If the punishment exceeds the crimes, they can complain about that. I guess my attitude goes back to high school when kids would routinely tell stories about speeding tickets, i.e. getting caught driving 60 mph thru a 25 mph residential zone by a cop who had the audacity to give them a $100 ticket. Lost on them was the fact that they got away with it the other 99% of the time they did it so they really should have been stoked about how often they skated thru life. I suppose that's when I realized that most people are only interested in their own convenience and don't care much about other people except when other people interrupt them doing whatever they please. Sure, there's some corrupt cops out there like the ones you mention but then there are corrupt people in every walk of life regardless of what uniform they wear.


I think most cops are douchebags...maybe you have to be to last in that sort of job...they are a necessary evil...but I have no love for them.

I know some cops through my job that I do like and I know many more that I quite frankly detest.

As for my convenience...yeah I see cops as a buzzkill truth be told. That and the ones in my city are useless. When my house got robbed do you think I ever heard one word from them again after I filled out a report? Nope.


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Gernot 

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Location: St. Louis, MO
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"...When my house got robbed do you think I ever heard one word from them again after I filled out a report? Nope."

You're not rich and powerful enough for them to be ordered to solve crimes for! My parents' home was broken into about 25 years ago TWICE, and the police only caught the thieves after they'd broken into a fellow cop's home!

Coincidence? I think NOT. \:\(



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Rion





    Quote:
    a) "There is someone who is looking out for the people and keeping us safe"


Hardly.



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    b) "Great another person out to get people, and make his quota"


Yes. Except my thoughts are more profane than that, and end with, "I wish my car had torpedoes." Traffic cops are the enemies of all that is good and decent on the earth. If they really wanted people to slow down, they would simply drive down the road, as this invariably causes people to slow down.



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    Do you have a different impression if the cop is easy to see, or is in a partially/totally obscured possition?



I've never seen a cop using a radar gun who wasn't hiding behind trees or a curve in the road.




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