Speed traps are the worst, aren’t they? I mean, um, they never really affect me because I always go the speed limit, even when it’s a ridiculous 25 miles per hour on a two-lane highway with no schools nearby like the one near my house where the cop always sits. Grr.
Anyway, people usually get to know their local hot spots for cops with radar guns, but one man in Texas decided to warn unaware drivers of an upcoming speed trap by standing on the median with a sign reading: “Police ahead.” Then he got arrested for it.
Thirty-three-year-old Ron Martin was in court on Wednesday trying to battle charges that he was “interfering with speed enforcement” last October by warning drivers that cops lay in wait on the road ahead. Martin claims that the police were using unsafe practices and that he had filed several complaints about it.
They hide behind signs and they use their motorcycles sitting in the road, sun going down, without lights or anything ... I just feel like it was a little bit unsafe, not only for citizens, but for police officers having to do their job.
Officer Thomas Mrozinski wrote in his report on the day of the arrest, “I observed a couple cars drive by traveling westbound waving at us.”
Please tell me I’m not the only one that giggled picturing people waving and smiling at the confused cop as they drove by.
Anyway, I think it’s kind of ridiculous that they arrested him. Texas law apparently doesn’t ban warnings like this, but signs may only be posted or displayed on private property.
It seems to me that the cops are more concerned with writing tickets than getting people to slow down. As Martin said in court, “Ultimately, we’re trying to do the exact same thing. I just don’t wear a uniform ... I’m the same thing as a speed limit sign, just reminding people that there is a limit here.”
Do you think this guy was interfering with police business?
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