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The SBPD and the Sting
updated: Jun 22, 2012, 8:10 PM
By W.B. Hackett
RE: The SBPD and the Sting
There are a few of us who feel our governing is getting oppressive.
This sort of policing where individual citizens are "stung" with violations
of the law, at least in my context here, could be considered a very
dangerous-to-liberty action on the part of the local law "enforcers".
Whether the "sting" operation is authorized by Chief Sanchez or some
Traffic Officer, I am hoping to be one thoughtful citizen, when I suggest
and highly recommend extreme caution in enforcing.
I write to urge the use of warnings in all but the most egregious
violations. Warn rather than cite.
Why? Well, for example, the pertinent section at
repeats and repeats the word "within" as to the need for a stop. That is,
a pedestrian must be "within" the crosswalk before the traffic is required
Standing on the curb is not "within" the crosswalk.
I would also say even that a foot in the crosswalk does not qualify, nor
does an abrupt movement by the pedestrian jumping or running into a
crosswalk create a "within the crosswalk and stopping is required"
I suggest that the law enforcement person-in-charge be very sure that
what's being done is not only needed and a positive use of police
authority, but with today's technology, be carefully photographed in clear
video where there is a pedestrian "within" the crosswalk and obviously
postured as watching traffic and waiting to cross, Then, while the video
is also showing a driver seeing this "within" situation in time to stop (I
believe another condition of it being a violation) and then -- all of the
section's requirements met -- still not stopping.
Then (repeat THEN) there may be an appropriate cause for action. Even
then I would urge a warning rather tha a citation!
This is just one citizen's expression of opinion, but these "sting"
operations are not good, kind, helpful-to-one-another acts.
They are The State versus The People acts.
Them versus Us. These actions are very dangerous to the peaceful
enjoyment of individual lives and the quote comes to mind, "All that is
necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing."
I write this as a caring American advocate of FREEDOM and REASON
I encourage virtually all of those ticketed to not just pay (unless you feel
absolutely guilty) but to take your matter to court and work to perfect
"The pure and wise and equal administration of the law."
Also. the penalty is (my opinion) not fair as it is currently applied!
Far, far fairer to penalize with a day's pay or a bit of the violator's net
worth than a "One Size Fits All" standard fee for an offense.
(Repeat, one citizen's expression of opinion".)
Lastly, consider what our society now adds with a "Moving Violation"
computerized onto our driving records for man years and thence used to
calculate our required automobile insurance. These tickets cost far more
than "just" the fine.
"It is good? Is it kind? Are we all -- cousins and fellow humans -- doing
the best we can -- law enforcement, the legislators, the judiciary and
each and every citizen?
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
"BE KIND." :-)
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