Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Canal Winchester
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.