Letters: Easter tickets

Letters: Easter tickets

There are 28 comments on the El Paso Times story from May 10, 2011, titled Letters: Easter tickets. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Many families found themselves with a traffic ticket while entering a public park.

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Ese

United States

#21 May 11, 2011
james russell ret wrote:
<quoted text>They are going after the low income areas and where the low income people congregate Bobby. Should they close their eyes, NO. However they are profiling a section of the public just because of who they are and to maintain their stats. The westside officers do not concentrate just between the New Mexico State line and the mall but operate all over the westside above 5300 Mesa. They have never run a license check operation below that point to anywhere near Schuster where the westside boundary ends it's southern boundary. I know because I worked in the traffic section and by the way we never had a quota assigned to us. Our Traffic Sergeant said to do the job and he never beat us up over how many citations were issued except when it came to handling accidents. Then is the only time that he wanted a citation issued or a very good reason for not issuing one to the main violator. If you had twenty officers working days shift and you took 5 cars (10 officers) out of service along with all the traffic officers then you have virtually stripped the command or enforcement. All you have left is reactionary officers to handle outstanding calls.
Retard, so you're saying that the roadblocks in front of Loretto on Trowbridge or those on Viscount by Cielo Vista are low income areas? Or how about those on Montwood? Bless your heart retard. I guess your meds are a little too much. Go back to bed.
Ese

United States

#22 May 11, 2011
james russell ret wrote:
<quoted text>They are going after the low income areas and where the low income people congregate Bobby. Should they close their eyes, NO. However they are profiling a section of the public just because of who they are and to maintain their stats. The westside officers do not concentrate just between the New Mexico State line and the mall but operate all over the westside above 5300 Mesa. They have never run a license check operation below that point to anywhere near Schuster where the westside boundary ends it's southern boundary. I know because I worked in the traffic section and by the way we never had a quota assigned to us. Our Traffic Sergeant said to do the job and he never beat us up over how many citations were issued except when it came to handling accidents. Then is the only time that he wanted a citation issued or a very good reason for not issuing one to the main violator. If you had twenty officers working days shift and you took 5 cars (10 officers) out of service along with all the traffic officers then you have virtually stripped the command or enforcement. All you have left is reactionary officers to handle outstanding calls.
Oh btw Retard, there are roadblocks on Mesa Hills and even Scenic Drive! God luv ya!
The Judge

United States

#23 May 11, 2011
More roadblocks should be conducted in all areas of El Paso, especially outside the city limits. We have people with Chihuahua plates all over the upper valley and I imagine it is the same in the lower valley. Regardless what ethnic group happens to be driving a vehicle and gets asked for insurance and license, they will get a ticket for lack of one or the other. It should make everyone feel safer knowing a few more uninsured people got caught!
John Adame

Scottsdale, AZ

#24 May 12, 2011
james russell ret wrote:
The problem with the Police department conducting the license checks is they concentrate against the hispanic community more often than not and in places where hispanics tend to congregate. Granted everyone should have insurance and have their drivers license on them but I am sure that you would not want them to stage a license check everyday where you see your family and friends or outside your bank ( Pebble Hills). The officer in Pebbles Hills are doing this to maintain a daily quota instead of checking areas for speeding and stop sign violation or taking care of accidents while the patrol division handles the criminal cases. But that is their Traffic Sergeant idea of maintaining their stats.
Jimmy,

Most times you make alot of sense, and I spend a good bit of time defending and explaining your logic, but this time I think you need to take an asprin and go to bed. You know that the majority of our men in blue are of hispanic orgin and we go out of our way to ensure fairness. These people were not targeted because of their color or economic standing, we put the fires out where they burn. Usually this will occur in economicaly challenged areas. People like Ester are the ones who can least afford a citation or auto insurance, and they also can least afford to have the vehicle they use to go to work, take their kids to school and bring home the groceries destroyed by an uninsured driver. In the name of fairness we could patrol the rich areas and pull them over and check for the insurance they certaintly have and protect them from other who have the insurance to pay for the damage they cause. Maybe we could have the gang units patrol where no gangs are in the name of fairness.
Socorro Tx Transplant

Alamogordo, NM

#25 May 12, 2011
I am glad they are doing this. Remember, Easter is a Religious Holiday we celebrate, not a federal/state/county/city holiday. Policemen still work. Now if you are in compliance, that means current driver's license/vehicle registration/insurance, no worries! It just tells me, you, Ms Sanchez or your party, are not in compliance.
james russell ret

El Paso, TX

#26 May 12, 2011
Ese wrote:
<quoted text>Oh btw Retard, there are roadblocks on Mesa Hills and even Scenic Drive! God luv ya!
You do have a problem. The one on Mesa Hills is just down from LBJ school and the projects there. The ones at Senic drive are by the Central regional Command and they are designed to get the people using Senic to get to Utep (mostly hispanic students). The "License checks on the eastside are used not so much to enforce the law but to bolster statistics for the Pebble Hills Command. If you have never worked a License check as I have you would not know who is targeted. It is still profiling.
ued

El Paso, TX

#27 May 13, 2011
Dodson wrote:
Edith Sanchez, You claim it is unfair for a family outing to be ruined because the police were issuing tickets for not having insurance. What is really unfair is that the majority of us pay for car insurance and have to pay higher rates to make up for the fact that people like you don't bother to get insurance. What would be fair is if the police impounded your vehicle until you could prove that you had coverage as required by Texas law.
He is right! You got to have it. Getting popped with just a generic ticket for no insurance will mean not only a big fine but Texas will screw you over for the 4 years with a "remember you screwed up ticket" for at least as much money as you were fined in the first place.Get in to a wreck with no insurance and one of these shyster lawyers and the state of Texas will be on you like stink on rancid stinky stinky.The republicans in Austin are aiming to shred uninsured cars right on the spot.I herd about a cop that bought his own cop car so he could go out on his days off and hand out tickets? Dedicated was just one of the words used to describe this officer.
Bay0415

El Paso, TX

#28 May 25, 2011
Really paying to spend time at the park with your family! That's really pathetic, a park is free fun, not looking for trouble. seriously come on, youu people are ruining what we call life! Youu probably wont even make money because of that! Youu guys are such genius'! PATHETIC!!

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