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Old 05-24-2014, 07:52 AM   #1
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I Got Pulled Over...Almost

Last fall year I was working in the beautiful state of Vermont. I was driving on a two lane road approaching a town, speed limit had just dropped to 35 MPH. I was the last car in a 4 car group all heading in the same direction and our speed had dropped to the limit. A police cruiser approached from the opposite direction and as he passed me he suddenly put on his emergency lights, made a U-Turn and pulled up behind me. I pulled over thinking I had done something, but he went around me and proceeded to stop the car directly in front of me.

The next day I was talking to our security force which is made up of off duty county police officers and I related this story. He said it was probably a new cruiser mounted system they had that could “look” at cars and trucks in either direction and if that car/truck matched a description of a wanted vehicle for any reason, weather it be domestic violence to bank robbery they could pull it over for a further check. He said as soon as their system was fully up and running they would be able to see instantly any violations that car was wanted for anywhere in the United States.

I find that amazing! What do you all think?
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:06 AM   #2
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Pretty cool, we have in our town. I would think it will soon be everywhere if not already.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:16 AM   #3
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Amazing and I am all for apprehending criminals but this sounds a little too much like big brother is watching.

They are using that type of system locally here to stop people for past registrations and inspections or unpaid violations type things. I assume this is to generate fines $$.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:16 AM   #4
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Probably consists of the license plate readers that are available. A number of towns locally have them to catch parking scofflaws and of course cars they're on the prowl for. You see them mounted on the trunk on both sides to read parked cars and cars passing in the opposite direction.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:21 AM   #5
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Interesting! I bet it would be valuable in those Amber Alerts where there may be multiple vehicles involved. A real time saver.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:50 AM   #6
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Car pool

The son of a friend of mine is a cop in a small WI town.
Believe it or not, he and his fellow officers play this game:
At the beginning of their shift they each put $5 into a jar and pick a "car of the day", (a blue Ford for example).
Which ever officer "pulls over" a blue Ford 1st wins the money in the jar!

When I asked him, "do you stop cars even if they do nothing wrong"?
He said, "If you follow anyone long enough, everyone does something wrong".

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Old 05-24-2014, 09:04 AM   #7
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Amazing and I am all for apprehending criminals but this sounds a little too much like big brother is watching.

They are using that type of system locally here to stop people for past registrations and inspections or unpaid violations type things. I assume this is to generate fines $$.
I mean no offense to Mark, but my opinion is that we need more "big brothers" watching. A majority of crime in this area is drug related, and heroin has been declared to be an epidemic. I watch my neighbors houses, and they watch mine. I am glad for all of the cameras on light posts, and in stores, providing information for the LEOs to get the bad guys. Again, in my opinion, if you don't want to get arrested don't break the laws. Pay your registrations, pay you traffic and parking fines, and child support and taxes. If you do this and don't speed, you can drive relaxed that those flashing red/blue lights are not after you. (I'm climbing down from my soap box now. )
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:49 AM   #8
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There are those who see this as a violation of our privacy because the next logical step is that the government will have a record of everywhere you have been.

Me: I know this: every time the police upgrade their hardware, Stolen auto recovery and warrant service rates go up, up up. More and more cases get closed, and more criminals get to go to the state criminal retirement facility (Prison) and the streets get safer.

In Michigan. as it turns out, I was one of those improvements. I'm responsible for both an increase in stolen auto recovery, originally just by the Detroit Freeway Post, and later, most of the state.

And Parole violation arrests,, Likewise, originally just Detroit freeway 3rd shift, then District wide, and now state wide.

In short.. I help people sleep better.
If you are law abiding, you sleep easier cause there are fewer bad people out there.

And if you are a car thief or parole violator you sleep better cause last night you had to worry about the long arm of the law pugging the grabbis on you and tossing you into the slammer.

Tonight.... Secure in the knowledge they are no longer going to arrest you if they find out about you, you can sleep soundly..... In your jail cell.
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:16 AM   #9
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I do see this as another invasion of my privacy. I am one of those that don't believe giving up my freedom from "big brother" for the benefit of the masses helps in the preservation of my constitutional rights of privacy. I am a firm believer in less government. Pretty soon you wont be able to tell the difference between this country and any other socialist country. Why doesn't it alarm people today that our freedoms are being taken away?
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:26 AM   #10
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I could care less if big brother is watching me - I have nothing to hide. However don't get me started on government's dozens of other screw up's.
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I could care less if big brother is watching me
I am confused. If you could care less, you are saying you care. Now, if you couldn't care less, your statement would make more sense, even though I still would wonder why somebody doesn't value their right to privacy.

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I am confused. If you could care less, you are saying you care. Now, if you couldn't care less, your statement would make more sense, even though I still would wonder why somebody doesn't value their right to privacy.

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I say "I couldn't care less" too, because it is logically correct.

Back to the topic. Not sure what the ratio is here, but in Australia and UK, I have seen reports on the number of unregistered vehicles and disqualified (because of drunk driving mostly) or unlicensed drivers on the road and it is very high, so any method of weeding them out is good.
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JMHO you're easily confused. I and everyone except you knew the jist of his statement. Nit pickin is too fashionable now days. Don't sit on the internet waiting for someone to make a small error in spelling or grammar. JMHO
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I don't care about "Big Brother" watching as it pertains to traffic. I don't feel that my privacy is invaded by that at all.
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