Ironic Quote of the Day

From the Dallas Morning News:

The Dallas Police Department has suspended a special unit’s regular reviews of dash-cam video from patrol cars because officers felt they were being nitpicked with disciplinary action for minor infractions such as speeding.

You mean like you do all day long while writing tickets to civilians? Oh yeah, it’s only “nitpicking” when it’s done to cops.

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  • From the Austin Statesman:

    The majority of incidents referred to police supervisors involved excessive speed and other driving policy violations, according to documents obtained by the newspaper.

    When they do it, it’s just a ‘policy violation.’

  • frankb

    Many drivers go less than 10 miles over the speed limit. If officers were dinged for going 5 miles over, that would be nitpicking. The report says “excessive speed”, so that could mean a reasonable assessment of the patrol car’s speed related to traffic, or not. Either way the special unit could be given different guidelines so that egregious cases can still be cited. Dropping the entire review process doesn’t sound appropriate.

  • Doubting Thomas

    I see a new bumper sticker, “Don’t nitpick me officer!”

  • Aliasalpha

    So whats the bet the official line is there to cover up a rash of blatantly illegal stuff far worse than a bit of speeding?

  • If we want shady characters to obey the big laws, enforcing even the little ones seems like a good start. Too bad it got shot down, here.

  • Scott Simmons

    frankb makes a valid point. I can tell you from experience, Dallas police won’t generally pull you over for less than 10 or even 15 MPH over the speed limit on highways. If they were being disciplined for smaller violations, they may feel a bit ill-used.

    Plus, there’s nothing more annoying than running across a police car doing the speed limit on a DFW freeway. The flow of traffic suddenly drops from 75-80 to 60 or less, as nervous drivers slow down to avoid blowing by the cop.

    (Dallas drivers are mostly pretty decent, compared to other big cities, but the comment I always hear from out-of-towners is, “Why does everyone drive so fast?” Dunno, everybody just does. I was incredibly shocked a few years ago when I was pulled over and given a warning by a Kaufman County Sheriff’s deputy for doing five MPH over the limit. I think he was a trainee–he was just a kid, with a gray-haired sheriff hanging over his shoulder & watching.)

  • KG

    That 5mph or so over the speed limit makes a lot of difference when you need to brake to miss a pedestrian or cyclist – even more when you hit one. I used to do as many here obviously do – go a little over the speed limit – until I read up on it. Have a look here for example. Killing a pedestrian can really spoil your day.

  • Rip Steakface


    I don’t drive, however, I believe most of the people here are talking about “5mph over the limit” in the context of being on the freeway, where there’s a minimum of bikes and pedestrians.

  • dingojack

    KG – I know what you did last summer!

    f = (mv²)/2


  • gopiballava

    George Aranda, president of the Latino Peace Officers Association, said members complained that they were disciplined for driving over the speed limit while responding to calls for help from officers who were in imminent danger.

    Now this is sounding bizarre. Did the officers have their lights on? This doesn’t add up to me.

    If things happened the way that the police suggest they happened, they should be suspending the program and explaining to the reviewers that police cars with blaring sirens sometimes go above the speed limit – and then reinstating the program with clearer guidelines.

  • Skip White

    Perhaps it’s just my area of PA, but I usually see police cars either strictly adhering to the speed limit, or obviously speeding without their lights/siren on. The former tend to be the training cars from the state police academy nearby, and the latter tend to be local cops.