State Patrol Predator

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dlm45

Thomasville, GA

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Apr 8, 2010
 
I saw the headlights following closely behind me. After twenty years of traveling Hwy. 319 to Thomasville from Moultrie and back for work, I knew their tactics well. It was just a matter of time. Instantly, I checked my cruise control to make sure that it was set perfectly at 55 and made sure that I was driving perfectly straight. I had a long 10 miles to think about the headlights closely watching me. It reminded me of a predator slowly and methodically stalking its victim, the victim knowing all along that the predator would strike, nothing the victim could do to but to stop it. The predator had all the power, even a gun.
Finally, the bright blue lights turned on me, blinding me. With no lighting, I turned off the road on this pitch dark night onto tall grass, not being able to see what might lie beneath me. From out of nowhere, a second predator appeared with another set of blue lights, making the scene an even scarier one. I felt helpless rolling down my window, waiting for the predator to approach me.
This sounds like a horror story but it is in fact true. Last night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped me after following closely behind me for ten miles. I had worked for eleven hours and was just trying to get home, not breaking any traffic laws. After a long wait to find out why I was stopped, the officer finally said quickly,“You were hugging the white line just then”. The officer had to make up some reason. Of course, no ticket was given because it was totally false. I had just been the only vehicle on the road at that time of the night; there was no other vehicle to stop.
My purpose for writing this is to point out that the dangers of stopping drivers for no reason. After all of this time, the State Patrol still has not figured out that bright, flashing blue lights on a dark night blinds the driver. The trooper would not turn off his lights, so I had to ease up on this dark road, open my door, and try to see if it was safe to pull out. Of course, a vehicle could have been approaching me at this very moment, took off my door and killed me too. Turning off a dark road also has its dangers. There could be nails, glass or other objects that damage vehicles. Ironically, I noticed that I had a flat tire this morning when I was leaving for work. Evidently, it was a nail that my tire picked up from pulling off of the road. I could easily have had a blow out last night, endangering my life.
When did the State Patrol’s main purpose go from enforcing traffic laws and promoting safety to harassing and endangering innocent drivers, just to meet a quota of some sort?
Furthermore in my many years traveling Hwy. 319, I have witnessed the State Patrol’s and other law enforcements disregard for school speeding zones, specifically Sunset School in Moultrie. For some reason, children are not in danger when a State Patrol car goes speeding through a school zones (no lights flashing).
Your favorite Martian

Moultrie, GA

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Apr 16, 2010
 
The cops think they are the "untouchables". That's why they get so little respect from honest law-abiding citizens. I had a similar incident happen to me years ago with a Moultrie cop in town. He followed me for a couple miles then pulled me over. He said I was weaving across the white line. I told him I most certainly was not weaving and told him he wasn't going to make his ticket quota with me. He told me to drive carefully and let me go on my way. Why he stopped me, I have no idea.
Shame shame shame

Acworth, GA

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Apr 27, 2010
 
I seriously think that both of you need to report this to your local news paper agencies (and any other media outlets that you might think be applicable)- and get it out in the open, let the public know about this, open peoples' eyes!(Crap like this has been going on for faaaaar to long! It's time to put a stop to these dishonest practices!)
I would *HIGHLY* recommend that you read this article - I think it has much to say about these types of problems...
http://reason.com/archives/2001/08/01/the-roo...
Your favorite Martian

Moultrie, GA

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May 20, 2010
 
I read it. I'm white.
fudge

United States

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May 22, 2010
 
Your favorite Martian wrote:
I read it. I'm white.
you said you were WHITE??i thought you martians was supposed to be green or sumthin... well daggum, who woulda thunk it??
Tyrone

Tallahassee, FL

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Jun 16, 2010
 
This is the dumbest thread I have ever seen.
cop

West Green, GA

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#7
Jun 16, 2010
 
dont blame all of us for what a few do.there are so good cops out there
DPG

Norcross, GA

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Jun 20, 2010
 
Complaining here does no good, other than to vent. Go to the patrol station and file a written complaint. It is against the law to stop a vehicle without cause. If this trooper is repeatedly doing this, the complaint file will indicate this.

If you don't get satisfaction at the local level, start with the Governor's office and let it roll downhill.
Tyrone

Tallahassee, FL

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Jun 22, 2010
 
The security guard at the movie theater angers me. I will make a thread
Upset

Eveleth, MN

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Jun 23, 2010
 
First of all dlm45 I think by what you said you made the call to pull over on the dirt road that was not well lit and had all the debris all over it. I dont think the Trooper made you do this, Theres nothing wrong with traveling a little further down the road to find a better or well lit area as long as you travel at the same speed or a low speed, second of all probable cause is not needed to conduct a traffic stop, all he neeeds is articuable reasonal suspiscion to make the stop, if you feel you have been wronged then yes do report it to the post because most have on board cameras that will record that entire stop and the reason you were stopped.
JHh

Wedowee, AL

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Feb 11, 2013
 
There is no "good" ga state patrol. most abuse their power and stop you for the dumbest things. I've filed many complaints which do absolutely nothing.
Bud

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Mar 11, 2013
 
I've never had a problem with the Cairo city cops or Grady county sheriff, they have always been really nice to me. Georgia State Patrol is a different story, they have all been dicks to me. Mostly accusing me of being high or trying to point out things that are wrong my vehicle.
Concerned Citizen

Baltimore, MD

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Apr 17, 2014
 
I teach specialized training to law enforcement in every state and have found Georgia Troopers to be the most arrogant LEOs in the nation.

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