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Shawnee, OK

#1 Dec 15, 2011
Again I've seen a LPD being reckless while driving. He ran a stop sign, speeding through a school zone, tailgating a school bus, and turning without a signal. If they cant obey the rules/laws, why should we?
Lmao

Oklahoma City, OK

#2 Dec 15, 2011
really you have nothing better to do than watch the police and see what they are doing wrong, so fast to critize on the wrong and never observe the good they do!! maybe you need to stop and think maybe they received a call that needed them quickly, maybe to save a life. instead of worrying what the officer was doing pay attention to your driving.....
hey

Jal, NM

#3 Dec 15, 2011
If they are in a hurry, where are their lights? I was behind him so it was not hard to notice. Its my opinion that they are not doing their job if all the drug dealers are still selling, drivers with kids not buckled and stopping people who are texting and driving.
hey

Jal, NM

#4 Dec 15, 2011
And I do watch my driving unlike most of the people in this town!
Figures

Frisco, TX

#5 Dec 15, 2011
hey wrote:
If they are in a hurry, where are their lights? I was behind him so it was not hard to notice. Its my opinion that they are not doing their job if all the drug dealers are still selling, drivers with kids not buckled and stopping people who are texting and driving.
they don't have to use there lights or sirens when going to a call...just saying.
Hey

Blanchard, OK

#6 Dec 15, 2011
He didn't seem like he was in a hurry! I see this everyday!
lol

Tuxcueca, Mexico

#7 Dec 15, 2011
Figures wrote:
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they don't have to use there lights or sirens when going to a call...just saying.
You're right, they don't have to use lights or sirens when going to a call. But they do have to if they are exceeding the speed limit to respond to that call.
lol

Tuxcueca, Mexico

#8 Dec 15, 2011
Lmao wrote:
really you have nothing better to do than watch the police and see what they are doing wrong, so fast to critize on the wrong and never observe the good they do!! maybe you need to stop and think maybe they received a call that needed them quickly, maybe to save a life. instead of worrying what the officer was doing pay attention to your driving.....
This isn't new, people are always voicing their opinions on the wrong. That's why officers get the bad reputation. At the same time, the officers should be setting the example for the citizens of the community. Like I said before, they should use lights and siren if exceeding the speed limit to respond to calls. It's not that difficult to follow department procedures much less the law. I think the person who first posted was more concerned about the fact that there was a bus full of kids ahead of the patrol car. I'd hate to be the one living the rest of my life wondering if the kid who was chasing the bus he just missed might have still been alive if I had only used my lights and siren. And people are just going to hate, this shouldn't be discussed through topix forums...file a complaint instead.
let it be

Tyler, TX

#9 Jan 7, 2012
hey wrote:
If they are in a hurry, where are their lights? I was behind him so it was not hard to notice. Its my opinion that they are not doing their job if all the drug dealers are still selling, drivers with kids not buckled and stopping people who are texting and driving.
They can not stop people for texting and driving because it not a law. It did not pass legislature. 2nd they can not just arrest drug dealers without evidence. Word of mouth is not evidence, they have to be caught in the act. They have many tasks and im pretty sure you do not turn on your signal light everytime or go the speed limit everytime you drive.
Well

Lamesa, TX

#10 Jan 7, 2012
There many tasks..lol...well I don't think hiding behind walmart or higginbotham screwin aroud in their patrol car is one of the tasks we should be paying them for!
hey

Brownfield, TX

#11 Jan 7, 2012
let it be wrote:
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They can not stop people for texting and driving because it not a law. It did not pass legislature. 2nd they can not just arrest drug dealers without evidence. Word of mouth is not evidence, they have to be caught in the act. They have many tasks and im pretty sure you do not turn on your signal light everytime or go the speed limit everytime you drive.
As a matter of fact I do, I need.to be an example to my kids to follow the law! Unlike many people in this town, who run stop signs constantly
stfu

Shawnee, OK

#12 Jan 7, 2012
Well wrote:
There many tasks..lol...well I don't think hiding behind walmart or higginbotham screwin aroud in their patrol car is one of the tasks we should be paying them for!
how would you know where these officers are hiding to screw around? did one of them turn you down, get a life!
let it be

Tyler, TX

#13 Jan 11, 2012
hey wrote:
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As a matter of fact I do, I need.to be an example to my kids to follow the law! Unlike many people in this town, who run stop signs constantly
If you are trying to be an example to your kids then stop talking about it on a forum and take action. Go to a city council meeting and if you feel they are not doing enough go to the next level. There are agencies that oversee local law enforcement groups.
you know me

Waco, TX

#14 Jan 11, 2012
Figures wrote:
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they don't have to use there lights or sirens when going to a call...just saying.
Yes, they do! And they are not the exception!! They have to follow rules like everybody else!!
Demise

Tulsa, OK

#15 Jan 12, 2012
what happened to the officers and dispatchers that were messing around?
TheLegalAdvisor

Andrews, TX

#17 May 14, 2012
Pursuant to Texas State Law...a Police officer does not have to use lights and siren when responding to a call for service. Sometimes there are times when people do not need to know that they are coming. Urgent and life threatening or officer in need of immediate assistance calls...they use lights and siren. Otherwise, it is not a requirement, even if they are exceeding the speed limit to respond to the call. A domestic disturbance is an urgent call but officers may not always use lights and/or sirens when responding; but at the same time they may need to respond quickly. Also, their license plate does say EXEMPT.
i know u

Lexington, KY

#18 May 14, 2012
Lmao wrote:
really you have nothing better to do than watch the police and see what they are doing wrong, so fast to critize on the wrong and never observe the good they do!! maybe you need to stop and think maybe they received a call that needed them quickly, maybe to save a life. instead of worrying what the officer was doing pay attention to your driving.....
they never do anything good
Mememe

Trinity, TX

#19 Sep 30, 2012
Blah blah blah
To hey

Atlanta, GA

#20 Oct 3, 2012
Wawawawawaaa get a life! Go cry somewhere else
SomeoneWhoCares

Huntsville, TX

#21 Nov 29, 2012
Go read Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 546. It s very shot and explains everything. I've attached it here:

Sec. 546.001. PERMISSIBLE CONDUCT. In operating an authorized emergency vehicle the operator may:(1) park or stand, irrespective of another provision of this subtitle;(2) proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, after slowing as necessary for safe operation;(3) exceed a maximum speed limit, except as provided by an ordinance adopted under Section 545.365, as long as the operator does not endanger life or property; and(4) disregard a regulation governing the direction of movement or turning in specified directions.

Sec. 546.002. WHEN CONDUCT PERMISSIBLE.(a) In this section, "police escort" means facilitating the movement of a funeral, oversized or hazardous load, or other traffic disruption for public safety purposes by a peace officer described by Articles 2.12(1)-(4),(8), and (22), Code of Criminal Procedure.(b) Section 546.001 applies only when the operator is:(1) responding to an emergency call;(2) pursuing an actual or suspected violator of the law;(3) responding to but not returning from a fire alarm;(4) directing or diverting traffic for public safety purposes; or(5) conducting a police escort.

Sec. 546.003. AUDIBLE OR VISUAL SIGNALS REQUIRED. Except as provided by Section 546.004, the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle engaging in conduct permitted by Section 546.001 shall use, at the discretion of the operator in accordance with policies of the department or the local government that employs the operator, audible or visual signals that meet the pertinent requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702.

Sec. 546.004. EXCEPTIONS TO SIGNAL REQUIREMENT.(a) A volunteer fire fighter who operates a private vehicle as an authorized emergency vehicle may engage in conduct permitted by Section 546.001 only when the fire fighter is using visual signals meeting the pertinent requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702.(b) An authorized emergency vehicle that is operated as a police vehicle is not required to be equipped with or display a red light visible from the front of the vehicle.(c) A police officer may operate an authorized emergency vehicle for a law enforcement purpose without using the audible or visual signals required by Section 546.003 if the officer is:(1) responding to an emergency call or pursuing a suspected violator of the law with probable cause to believe that:(A) knowledge of the presence of the officer will cause the suspect to:(i) destroy or lose evidence of a suspected felony;(ii) end a suspected continuing felony before the officer has obtained sufficient evidence to establish grounds for arrest; or(iii) evade apprehension or identification of the suspect or the suspect's vehicle; or(B) because of traffic conditions on a multilaned roadway, vehicles moving in response to the audible or visual signals may:(i) increase the potential for a collision; or(ii) unreasonably extend the duration of the pursuit; or(2) complying with a written regulation relating to the use of audible or visible signals adopted by the local government that employs the officer or by the department.

Sec. 546.005. DUTY OF CARE. This chapter does not relieve the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle from:(1) the duty to operate the vehicle with appropriate regard for the safety of all persons; or(2) the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of others.

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