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Md. Police officers ignore speed cameras

No matter what the cameras say, some drivers are refusing to pay dozens of $40 speeding fines. Who? Police officers.

In the last eight months of 2007, Montgomery Countys new speed cameras recorded 224 cases in which police vehicles were recorded traveling more than 10 mph over the speed limit, according to the department records.

Supervisors dismissed 76 of those citations after determining the officers were responding to calls or had valid reasons to break the speed limit.

But that left 148 who didnt have that excuse, and about two-thirds of those citations havent been paid, said police Lt. Paul Starks.

The police union says officers shouldnt pay because of the citations are issued to the owner of a vehicle, in this case the county, and not to the driver.

Police Chief Thomas Manger doesnt buy that argument.

"We are not above the law," Manger said. "It is imperative that the police dept. hold itself to the same standards that were holding the public to".

Manger said officers who continue to ignore citations might be disciplined.

Source: nextel news.

I for one am appauled at the police unions stance on this issue. They are not above the law, and should act accordingly. Good on the police chief to stand up.
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good for him and saying they MIGHT?! be held responsible? MIGHT?!?!?! I dont exactly call that standing up.

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They arent above the law and should pay.

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They arent above the law and should pay.

But in reality we all know what's going to happen. Everything works in theory but in practice it's a whole different story. Cops bend and break the law with little or no consequence while seperate standards apply to common citezens.

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Kinda shows the ratio of good cops vs bad ones on that force especially when they don't feel even the most petty of laws apply to them.
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I dont think officers should be cited as civilians.
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I think those cases that are not in repsonse to a call should be held to the same laws as we are. I could care less if they are a police officer or not. They are not any better than you or me.

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I have see police officers doing all kinds of things that would get me a ticket. I really hate to get tailgated by a cop car. I have followed some of them to see if they were responding. Most of the time they are not. It really makes me angry to see a cop talking on his cell phone and driving down the road. I think they should have to pay for speeding if they get busted.

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I just paid one of those tickets in Montgomery County, Maryland back in January. Maybe I should have said "I'm a military Soldier. I shouldn't have to pay. My job allows you to have your job." HELL NO!!!! They would never let anyone else get away with it, so why should the cops. If they're wrong they need to pay the penalty just like everyone else.

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