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Thread: New Texas Traffic Laws - link
01-09-2004 07:38 PM #1
01-11-2004 11:27 AM #2
Re: New Texas Traffic Laws - link
Question - which traffic law pertains to "continuous observation” during a traffic stop? For example, you have a cop standing on an overpass with a radar gun radioing to several cop cars strategically positioned down the highway. In some states (Oklahoma for example), cops can't get away with this because they (by law) have to have the vehicle in question under observation throughout the entire traffic stop.
01-12-2004 03:21 AM #3
Re: New Texas Traffic Laws - link
A lot of people have been unhappy with the new laws. The one that has caused the most confusion is the license plate visibility law. That law just serves as an example of two things. Those things are legislators who do not carefully review laws before passing them and also what happens when you allow police to interpret the laws.
01-12-2004 09:34 PM #4
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01-13-2004 12:08 AM #6
Like 55 on the Tollway? Now that\'s a death wish!
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01-13-2004 02:05 AM #7
01-13-2004 11:04 AM #8
A note about the Tollway for future use...
You might see Dallas Police (and others) using it, but they don't have any jurisdiction on the Tollway since it's a private road. Only the State Troopers can issue citations, though a Dallas cop could pull you over and detain you if you were really misbehaving. I was cruising near 100 recently when a Lamborghini Countach (blast from the past!) sailed by me like I was standing still. We call it the "North Dallas Autobahn" for good reason!
01-16-2004 12:37 PM #9
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01-16-2004 07:21 PM #10
01-20-2004 12:23 PM #11
They can and do set up traps for it...
Somebody recently told me their sad story of driving in Houston at the speed limit and getting a ticket after passing a stopped police car. Long story short... he saw a police car at the side of the road with somebody else already pulled over so our hero made sure he was only going the limit. A little bit down the road he passed another cop sitting at the side of the road with his lights on and a radar gun. He was already going the speed limit so he ignored it until that cop pulled him over and explained the new law to him with a smile and a ticket.
You can simply change lanes and not slow down, although Houston traffic is usually both fast and bumper-to-bumper, so that's a losing proposition. I fully understand the desire to enhance the safety of the officers risking their lives to do their jobs, but there are some issues with this law.
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01-21-2004 05:26 AM #12
Houston drivers demand dismissal of tickets (more)
As a matter of fact there was just an article in the paper about this. Apparently in order for the law to be enforced, the stopped police car must have its lights on. Traps that were set up have used patrol cars with no lights, and drivers are now demanding dismissal of their tickets.
Maybe one day one of these "traps" will result in a pileup and a lawsuit against the police department. Then maybe our legislators will rethink the law.
01-23-2004 11:23 AM #13
Just seems a bit ironic...
First of all, if it wasn't for this board, the only way I would have found out about this is by getting the ticket.
Second, it seems kind of ironic that the cops set up traps for this, putting themselves in danger just to catch people breaking this law that was designed to make cops safer. So do they really want safety, or just an excuse to give people tickets?
Third, the only time this is really an issue is when its a cop giving a speeding ticket. If its an accident, the rubberneckers slow everyone down.
Finally, it also seems a bit ironic that this law only applies when emergency vehicles have their lights on. Do emergency vehicles without lights on not need the extra safety? Wouldn't the lights being on make them safer to begin with? And what about people changing flat tires? They don't need safety?
If you ask me, our lawmakers have a bit too much time on their hands and/or their priorities are out of whack. But then again, no one asked me.
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01-24-2004 06:09 PM #14
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