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#1 Posted on 11.6.05 1709.39 Reposted on: 11.6.12 1712.26
Beginning this fall Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputies will be pulling over teen drivers who haven't broken any traffic laws.
As part of a new program, deputies will be pulling over teens for safe driving and rewarding them with free movie theater and movie rental certificates.
Uniformed deputies driving unmarked cars will follow the drivers and give out the certificates.
"Deputies will follow them for a short distance, down a thoroughfare and we will watch their driving," said Sgt. Glenn Luben, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. "Once we identify a good safe driver, we attempt to follow them to their house or open shopping area."
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#3 Posted on 11.6.05 1801.13 Reposted on: 11.6.12 1804.53
Unless they were giving me a check with the Powerball jackpot amount, I wouldn't want the cops pulling me over. Some teen is going to have a warrant at some point and make a break for it due to this program, leading to an accident, death resulting. And, if the police department has nothing better to do than pull over good drivers, wouldn't that be an indication that the police department has to many individuals on the public payroll?
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#4 Posted on 11.6.05 2200.59 Reposted on: 11.6.12 2205.55
Originally posted by redsoxnationUnless they were giving me a check with the Powerball jackpot amount, I wouldn't want the cops pulling me over. Some teen is going to have a warrant at some point and make a break for it due to this program, leading to an accident, death resulting. And, if the police department has nothing better to do than pull over good drivers, wouldn't that be an indication that the police department has to many individuals on the public payroll?
Couldn't agree more. The day that every murderer, rapist, burglar, and drunk driver is off the streets and every missing child is found, let the cops take a day off. Until then, I'm content to let 'lack of bad driving record', 'didn't total parents car', and 'cheaper insurance sooner' serve as sufficient rewards.
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#5 Posted on 11.6.05 2201.25 Reposted on: 11.6.12 2206.29
Or it could be a way for the police to get a good reputation among young people. Most of our first experiences with officers were when they pulled us over for a traffic violation. At least mine was (Don't try to drive while reading a map. You'll probably cross the center line a few times and have to walk a straight line and follow a pen with your eyes).
Yes, there's the off chance that a teen with a warrant is going to run, but I've heard very little in the way of praise for cops amongst my high schoolers, so it might be nice for a change.
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#7 Posted on 12.6.05 0020.07 Reposted on: 12.6.12 0020.16
This kind of thing happened all the time when I was growing up - it wasn't a big deal (although the local newspaper columnists always got at least one column a year out of it). Surely this won't turn out to be that big a deal here either when it's all said and done.
#9 Posted on 12.6.05 1135.16 Reposted on: 12.6.12 1141.43
I read a story somewhere at one point about drug-smuggling across the Mexico-US border. It might have been related to the tunnel that someone dug under the border a few years ago. Anyway, the cops in whatever state were pulling people over who were driving "suspiciously under the speed limit."
I seem to recall the story saying that lawyers managed to get some of the arrests thrown out because calling people "suspicious" for obeying the law can be considered the start of a very slippery slope.
In light of this, if the cop happens to notice some sort of violation when he does pull the driver over (i.e. open alcohol containers, signs of DWI, indications of other drug usage, etc.) I wonder if he or she can make an arrest that will stick. I know it's not likely, given that they're looking for people driving very well, but still...
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