Sheriff implores Legislature to allow counties to use radar

Dec 30, 2011 Full story: Sunherald.com 8

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara has been trying since 1984 to convince the state Legislature that sheriff's deputies should be allowed to use radar.

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Canton, MS

#1 Jan 1, 2012
Those of us that live in the unincorporated, rural areas of Mississippi are 100% in favor of Sheriff's Departments having the authority to enforce the speed limits using radar speed detection equipment. Too many innocent lives are lost on county roads due to speeding. The speed limit on my road is 35 mph, & see vehicles pass my house every day traveling at least 60 mph. Please MS legislature, give these officers the tools they need to help save lives, or at least assign some of those 51 new state troopers to some of the county roads where the most fatality crashes occur.

“Simple educated country woman”

Since: Dec 11

America

#2 Jan 2, 2012
I have a great deal of respect for Law Enforcement Officials. They need the tools to do their jobs effiently. The Sheriff's Deputies already have the ability to enforce the speed limits in their respective counties.

I disagree with a poster in the comments of the original article that a court would laugh the LEOs out because they needed proof. In the old days speeding was estimate by using mileage markers and a stop watch. d = rt or d/t = r. Makes for fairly good speed estimates.

It would also be helpful that speed limits are posted on county roads. I have to travel many of the state roads often after dark. It would be nice to know what the actual posted limits happen to be.

Yes, we do need them to have appropriate tools and to do their jobs effectively.
Justice Jeff

Long Beach, MS

#3 Jan 2, 2012
I am NOT in favor of the county being allowed to use radar. The speed limits on much of the county roads are too slow to begin with, and how many of the current sheriff deputies do you think actually obey the speed limits? NONE!!!! This would be disastarous! The highway patrol enforces speed limits with their radar, this is enough to keep me within a reasonable speed. If you've ever lived in a city you would know how dependant these officers become on their radars. Instead of doing real police work and arresting real criminals, the officers park their cruisers alongs side of the road and wait for you or I to exceed the speed limit. Next time you see a county officer driving around, follow him for a short distance and I garantee he too is speeding.
Concerned Citizen

Long Beach, MS

#4 Jan 2, 2012
I like how the people think of this as an effort to "help save lives". The idea that this will help save lives is merely a ruse to give more power and control, over the citizens, to local law enforcement. Why not go ahead and give them the power to be the "condom cops", AIDS and HIV kill people too. Let's allow the officers to eavesdrop when you are having sexual intercourse and inspect penises for proper protection. I bet all of you supporters for the county to have radar would love that idea too.
WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY

United States

#5 Jan 2, 2012
Only in Mississippi does the legislature prevent the Police from doing the job they are sworn to do. Enforce the Laws created and enacted by the legislature.
Ben Dover

Texas City, TX

#6 Feb 2, 2012
Justice Jeff, besides not being able to spell certain words such as disastrous, dependent, along, and guarantee, I see you are also illiterate about Mississippi law. Speeding is a crime and those such as yourself who regularly speed are criminals. A good traffic officer can uncover many crimes that have already been reported or have yet to be reported. How do you think so many drug couriers are caught? How do you think Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber was caught? He was captured from a traffic stop. Here's something you apparently didn't know. Law enforcement officers on duty are exempt from the speed limit. Should they take their time getting to your house should you call them for an emergency? Just because you see a police car allegedly speeding and their lights are not on or their siren is not sounding doesn't mean they aren't responding to a call. The next time someone is breaking into your house at 03:00, call the Highway Patrol.
Justice Jeff wrote:
I am NOT in favor of the county being allowed to use radar. The speed limits on much of the county roads are too slow to begin with, and how many of the current sheriff deputies do you think actually obey the speed limits? NONE!!!! This would be disastarous! The highway patrol enforces speed limits with their radar, this is enough to keep me within a reasonable speed. If you've ever lived in a city you would know how dependant these officers become on their radars. Instead of doing real police work and arresting real criminals, the officers park their cruisers alongs side of the road and wait for you or I to exceed the speed limit. Next time you see a county officer driving around, follow him for a short distance and I garantee he too is speeding.
Saucier

Moss Point, MS

#7 Feb 3, 2012
The main task of the county patrol should be protecting the citizens and their property. Once they have another tool like radar it will cost us more in two ways. One, they will request more money (taxes) to buy equipment, and second it will cost us fines out of our pocket for these tickets. The speed limits on rural roads are to low in many cases. In my opinion they have enough to do already without this tool called radar.
YEA U RIGHT

Lacombe, LA

#8 Feb 4, 2012
Ben Dover wrote:
Justice Jeff, besides not being able to spell certain words such as disastrous, dependent, along, and guarantee, I see you are also illiterate about Mississippi law. Speeding is a crime and those such as yourself who regularly speed are criminals. A good traffic officer can uncover many crimes that have already been reported or have yet to be reported. How do you think so many drug couriers are caught? How do you think Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber was caught? He was captured from a traffic stop. Here's something you apparently didn't know. Law enforcement officers on duty are exempt from the speed limit. Should they take their time getting to your house should you call them for an emergency? Just because you see a police car allegedly speeding and their lights are not on or their siren is not sounding doesn't mean they aren't responding to a call. The next time someone is breaking into your house at 03:00, call the Highway Patrol.
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I HAVE TO TOTALLY AGRRE WITH YOU BEN, VERY RARELY DO YOU SEE ANY TROOPERS ON THE HIGHWAY AT NIGHT AND THEY ONLY ENFORCE LAW ON STATE HIGHWAYS.
AS FOR PEOPLE THINKING THE DEPUTIES ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY, YOU ARE TOTALLY OFF BASE, WHY DO YOU THINK ITS CALLED LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE ANYWAY, GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THE JOB OR QUIT BITCHING.

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