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Well, Here's The Latest Cop Trick - Coming To a Muni Near You
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Well, Here's The Latest Cop Trick - Coming To a Muni Near You - July 24, 2015, 09:24 PM





Can you say a cop is ‘undercover’ when they’re holding a sign announcing exactly who they are and what they’re doing? Maybe, if the sign is scrawled on cardboard, the officers are out of uniform, standing by an off-ramp, and everyone’s brain is conditioned to read people like that as homeless? The San Bernadino Police gave this a go, to dramatic results.


The goal of this sort-of-undercover sting was to bust texting drivers, seat-belt use-deniers, and other forms of distracted driving. The sting was remarkably successful, too — 50 vehicle stops, 33 cell phone violations, 15 seat belt violations, and the remaining cars impounded for license issues.

The police officers dressed in what appear to be normal, casual summer wear — the sort of thing you might wear to mow a lawn or attend a BBQ at somebody’s house that you gave up trying to impress decades ago, and carried signs that read

I am NOT homeless

SB police looking for seatbelt/cell phone violations
Which is, pretty much, about as accurate a description as you could ask for. We’re all so conditioned to reading the image of a person standing at an offramp holding cardboard as a homeless panhandler, that it seems nobody actually bothered to read the sign. Well, maybe some people did. I’m not entirely sure I would have.

It should be noted that, as far as police sting operations go, this one appears to be very-budget-friendly, especially if they got some off-brand markers and didn’t spring for one of those swanky Sharpies, like some kind of goddamn Rockefeller.



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July 24, 2015, 09:56 PM

If cops would use smaller quieter bikes than Harleys, they could sneak up next to almost any car on the road and see down into the drivers lap where they are hiding that phone they text with.

I see two benefits here. More cell phone users caught. People start really looking out for riders around them because they might be cops.
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It's amazing how bad these texters drive as well. The other day I was riding on the right lane slowly coming up on a jeep wrangler on the left lane just swerving and making abrupt corrections. I pull up next to him and the dude is texting literally with the phone in front of his face. Don't even know how he could see the road. The devil told me to take off his mirror.


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July 25, 2015, 06:50 AM

If only MD would enforce these laws.
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If only MD would enforce these laws.
How about enforcing the laws that already govern staying in control of your vehicle.

That is what texting is about. If you see a car cross a lane without signal or notification, cite them.

It doesn't have to be because they were texting. Do we need to make laws about putting on makeup, eating, changing the radio?
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How about enforcing the laws that already govern staying in control of your vehicle.

That is what texting is about. If you see a car cross a lane without signal or notification, cite them.

It doesn't have to be because they were texting. Do we need to make laws about putting on makeup, eating, changing the radio?
Same law in MD.
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July 25, 2015, 08:18 AM

Unless they wrote the texting/handsfree statute back into law or lumped it with the older law, that typically isn't the case.

Do you have the link?

You get my point though...? We don't need more laws. This is like the gun control debate. Just enforcement of the laws we have.

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It's amazing how bad these texters drive as well. The other day I was riding on the right lane slowly coming up on a jeep wrangler on the left lane just swerving and making abrupt corrections. I pull up next to him and the dude is texting literally with the phone in front of his face. Don't even know how he could see the road. The devil told me to take off his mirror.
When I'm at intersections sometimes or riding along next to someone, I like to count off how long these people are staring at their phone for. They tend to go for around 4 seconds at a time between momentary glances at the road. Pretty bad.


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Who cares?

Cops don't enforce many of the laws that are out there such as tailgating or driving too slow. They just sit at the bottom of the hill with the radar gun or trying to be sneaking behind a bush or whatever with a laser gun. They could give 2 shiits about safety. Its all about the money...hence why I say just roll out.

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^^^No sir. They certainly do care about tailgating and turn signals. They even arrest you for violation of them. Then you mysteriously end up dead.



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^^^No sir. They certainly do car about tailgating and turn signals.

They even arrest you for violation of them.

Then you mysteriously end up dead.

Edit: I made a joke that was probably in bad taste. Just suffice to say that the above situation Heist referenced is pretty messed up and I don't want people thinking I take it lightly.

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Who cares?

Cops don't enforce many of the laws that are out there such as tailgating or driving too slow. They just sit at the bottom of the hill with the radar gun or trying to be sneaking behind a bush or whatever with a laser gun. They could give 2 shiits about safety. Its all about the money...hence why I say just roll out.

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Wish VA cops shifted their focus from "speeders" to, texters, left lane huggers, improper merging, lack of turn signal use, etc!

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Who cares?

Cops don't enforce many of the laws that are out there such as tailgating or driving too slow. They just sit at the bottom of the hill with the radar gun or trying to be sneaking behind a bush or whatever with a laser gun. They could give 2 shiits about safety. Its all about the money...hence why I say just roll out.

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Or this one trying to be sneaky watching people down the block. I think he sped away to arrest someone for improper use of a salad fork.

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yet if that cop was shot he would suddenly be a hero that kept our streets safe...
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Or this one trying to be sneaky watching people down the block. I think he sped away to arrest someone for improper use of a salad fork.

I saw one of the new breed of DC Popo's roll up on someone this weekend in Kalorama on a segway for double parking.

Meanwhile the guy driving behind me had weed so loud I could smell 30 ft in front of him.



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