Yes, oh officers of the vaunted Alachua County Sheriff's Office, I'm referring to you. Specifically, whoever was driving car # 241, License # 22191 on Thursday, December 21, 2006. The Deputy who thought that it's okay to run a stop sign, impede traffic, and drive on the shoulder when stuck in line at a red light.
This incident took place at around 1:05pm on SW 40th Blvd and SW 42nd Street.
I was waiting in line at the turn light on Archer Road waiting to turn onto 40th Blvd. I noticed that a ACSO car was turning into the Target parking lot at the next turn off (not at a light).
I finally got my turn arrow and turned. Imagine my surprise when I saw that same deputy turning out onto 40th Blvd from the Target Parking lot. He (or she) did one of those coasting pauses that involves not actually stopping for the stop sign and pulled right out in front of me. I had to tap my brakes to avoid overtaking the ACSO car. I know that this deputy would write someone a ticket for running a stop sign like that. These people have been prowling around Windmeadows Blvd behind Wal Mart and Publix for several weeks now and writing a lot of tickets for minor traffic infractions just like the one perpetrated by the deputy. Except that the ones that I witnessed came to much more of a stop than the deputy did and did not actually impede traffic like the deputy.
This deputy was not finished breaking traffic laws, though. There was a long line for the light on 42nd Street. The deputy apparently wanted to turn right on SW 24th Ave, and thought it would be okay to drive on the shoulder for a good distance to get around traffic. Where's a cop when you need one? Oh yeah... they are
police. This was not an emergency situation. There were no lights or sirens. There was no excuse for breaking the law, and yet these miscreant law enforcement officers think nothing of doing it.
And to think that these are the people who want to write you a ticket for minor traffic infractions. There's a word for that. Hypocrites.
A helpful note to law enforcement officers: there is a reason why many of you think that We the People have such a low opinion of you. It's because we do; and that opinion is based largely on incidents like this. You cannot reasonably expect us to respect you for "just doing your job" when you willfully and flagrantly violate the same laws that you falsely claim to uphold. You either need to learn how to drive and how to follow the traffic laws, or stop writing tickets for anything short of injury or property damage. It is widely known that law enforcement officers are among the worst drivers on the road. We regularly witness you speeding, changing lanes without signaling, not stopping for stop signs or red lights, and impeding traffic. I for one am no longer silent. I will be watching and taking note of your information to make sure there is a record of your misdeeds. I know personally two people who have been hit by deputies who were driving recklessly in their patrol cars, so don't even try to justify your own bad driving habits. It's just as dangerous to other drivers when the police do it as you claim it is when we do it. Bad driving by law enforcement needs to stop now.
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