Austin has joined various cities in installing cameras to catch speeders. They nailed 36 violators who just happen to be police officers running lights. The officers were not responding to a call. None of them were ticketed.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo responded with a powerful statement: “It is a concern. We talk about it to our folks.” Wow, it is a “concern.”
How much of a concern would it be when these police cruisers crash into a passenger car.
The Chief also rejected the notion of officers paying tickets for running lights: “What we do and what our policy is if that occurs is that we use progressive discipline to correct the behavior in either training or correct the behavior and so far, we haven’t had anybody do it twice. From my perspective, you’ve got to have your lights on, its required by the code.” Perhaps, citizens should be given the same warning notice before citations are issued.
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