Officer, Hey! Give Yourself A Ticket.

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Officer, Hey! Give Yourself A Ticket.

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

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This post is more for fun then anything but I just have to ask "Officer, how can YOU give ME a ticket for distracted driving?". I know distracted driving is no joke and I'm not making light of it but here is why I say "Officer, how can YOU give ME a ticket for distracted driving?". On my way to an appointment this evening I was driving next to a patrol car on our busiest street during rush hour. I looked over at the officer and much to my surprise I could see he was reading his email, talking on a cell phone, and navagating traffic all at about 40 miles an hour on a non-restrictive street. Don't get me wrong, he was doing just fine but again it begged the question "Officer, how can YOU give ME a ticket for distracted driving?".

**********AMENDMENT*********

What some people seem to be missing here is The Computer! I could read his email! This had to be a 12" screen minimum and for me to read it the screen had to be way to his right so for him to look at it he had to be looking towards the passengers door, not the windshield and the direction he was driving. On top of reading his email, being on a cell phone, watching his radar equipment and traffic he was driving at 30 to 40 miles per hour. I'm not impugning the officer, these are his tools for work. He was doing a good job and again I'm not slighting him. I'm just saying that if you and I are subject to a fine for having one distraction then is it really safe to ask any officer to have all these things at once while driving? My father was a police officer and I think you will note when reading this I only address this with the utmost respect for the officer.

Ps I really wanted to take a picture to show you but I had a feeling that distraction may draw unwanted attention towards me.

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

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Rainmaker
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Matt Grohe
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Bob: Being a police officer is a tough job. I don't know how they keep up. I have the greatest respect for them and appreciate their service.

Jan 26, 2011 04:00 PM #2
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Jim Patton
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Bob - I know in California the police are exempt from the talking on a cell phone while driving law.

Jan 26, 2011 04:57 PM #3
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Laura Giannotta
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Smart move, not taking the picture!  That's one thing that riles me, when I see an cop talking on a cell phone while driving.

Jan 26, 2011 09:48 PM #4
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Isn't that the truth!! I have seen those too!! I know they have all that "stuff" for their job and all but it does seem a little two faced.

Tammy EMineth

Jan 26, 2011 11:35 PM #5
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Gary De Pury, ESQ.
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See it often, the blue tooth bothers me.  I don't think it should be allowed. 

 

Gary De Pury, SFR

Jan 26, 2011 11:38 PM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Matt & Jim, Yes I also have the greatest of respect for them, as I said my Dad was a Police Officer and I was very proud and respectful of him for that. Still the whole thing is a little hypocritical when you consider that you and I would get a ticket for just one of these distractions.

Stan, Laura, Tammy and Gary, we are on the same page, Thanks!

Jan 26, 2011 11:52 PM #7
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Michelle Gibson
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Bob - Yep, I don't think anyone should be exempt from this.

Jan 27, 2011 02:30 AM #8
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Michelle, I am guilty of an occasional phone call but I can not imagine a computer in the car and reading email (or blogging on AR). I do get upset when I see people texting because they are NEVER looking up and out the windshield when they do so.

Jan 27, 2011 02:51 AM #9
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Pat Yoest
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If it's dangerous for us, it's dangerous for them too.  At least, they should have a hands free set up.

Jan 27, 2011 04:03 AM #10
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Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
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Yikes RealMan... you made this post public....watch out....I hear sirens coming up behind you..LOL

Jan 27, 2011 05:02 AM #11
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Dennis, Because I address this while giving my highest respects to the officer I figure I'm most likely safe from corozoretribution... I hope.

Jan 27, 2011 06:34 AM #12
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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Hi BOB!  So my husband is a police officer.  I can say, many departments call officers on their cell phones when information needs to be given rather than being put over the radio because of the number of people who tap into police radios - it's more secure.  The computers - perhaps it was a personal email in this case, but I do also know that the computers are tapped into the 911 center for officers to read transmitted info. When they aren't logged onto a call, the computer provides alerts about recent escapes, people that are wanted, etc.  I think to cast a judgment and assumption is well, not giving someone the benefit of the doubt.  A police car these days looks more like an office - and it isn't the first choice of many officers because they know the dangers of being distracted - but often have no choice trying to do their job.  I suppose if the officer was listening to an emergency 911 call on a cell phone, logging on to the computer to find a house and driving fast to get their to help - would people think that's OK?  Should officers be allowed to talk on their phone if it's a personal call if there is nothing going on?  Well the rest of us do when we are working and many text, read, and shuffle papers.  Whew - with all that said - that doesn't mean there are those out there doing exactly what you wrote.  But knowing the other side - there are more that don't do this!  --G 

Jan 27, 2011 10:16 AM #13
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Tamara Elliott-Deering
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Bob,

I had a comment about this post but I've just had a hopefully not so senior moment, and I can't remember what I was going to say.  I just recently heard something about this very topic and I was going to share it with you, but poof it's gone.  Oh well, at least you know I read your post.

Tamara

Jan 27, 2011 10:47 AM #14
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Thanks Gabrielle for the explanation. I know these are all vital tools and as you said that seast in the police car is the officers office. I hope there was nothing in here that I said that would offend an officer as that was certainly not my intent. I also hope I made it clear that the officer in question was performing flawlessly. I will however repeat that I think it's hypocrital to give a ticket for distracted driving if the offender is only talking on a cell phone.

Jan 27, 2011 10:48 AM #15
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My son received a ticket for using his cell while driving--when he told me, I said, "Good."  He said, "I know, I know."  You see, he ignored my warning, but parting with hard-earned cash may make a bigger impression. 

Jan 27, 2011 12:33 PM #16
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Actually, I think that officer was breaking the law--pull over if you need to real email for Pete's sake and all the other drivers on the road!

Jan 27, 2011 12:35 PM #17
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I think they should only be allowed to use the computer for work... while stopped, but I really don't have an issue with them on the phone.  They have to talk to dispatch on the radio when responding to a call and I don't see the difference.  Law enforcement officers have lots more driver training (or at least my husband did) than the average bear.

Would have loved to see a photo, but I completely understand.

Jan 27, 2011 12:45 PM #18
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Norma, I know if my kids were old enough to drive I'd feel exactly the way you do. and I would think that email would be off limits while driving no matter how much training you have. I'm sure that a computer in the car is a very useful tool for law inforcement but I really question the need to have it on when driving. I guess there are many things far worse then email that could have been on that screen.

Tammy, you are correct that they have lots more training but one or two seconds with your eyes off the road could be devistating for anybody. I think you are right on the money that using the computer should be only when you are not in traffic.

Jan 27, 2011 02:37 PM #19
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Sharon Tara
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I respect police and would not want to be in their shoes for even one day.  I understand their need for communication on the job.  But, they are human...not super human.  Too many distractions while driving will eventually catch up with them.

If that officer hit a pedestrian or a child in the street, I don't think people would think it was ok as part of his duty to be multi tasking while driving. It's not safe for anyone, and that should apply to an officer too. 

Jan 28, 2011 10:52 AM #20
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I agree with you completely Sharon. Although Officers often accomplish Super Human feats it is not fair to expect it of them all the time.

Jan 29, 2011 12:10 AM #21
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