Police: Cell phone ban doesn't apply ...

Police: Cell phone ban doesn't apply to them

There are 17 comments on the CourierPostOnline story from Mar 7, 2008, titled Police: Cell phone ban doesn't apply to them. In it, CourierPostOnline reports that:

“They have to listen to the radio. They have to do patrol. So we advise to pull over and make the call, instead of in motion”

Is the long arm of the law exempt from the state's new ban on the use of handheld cell phones while driving? Some motorists are upset police who can now pull them over for driving while talking on their cell ... via CourierPostOnline

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Michael Bloomfield

Oakdale, CT

#1 Mar 23, 2008
Special rules for special people. It is no different than the NY governor and his hooker. It is the norm for the country today, "Do as I say, not as I do." I guess police must have special skills which amazingly allow them to not be distracted while driving and yapping on the phone. It is no different than police violating various parking and driving rules. Police often have some placard or badge and park and drive however they desire. The fellow officers in blue just let them do whatever they want. Meanwhile if a common citizen does the same it is a NO NO. Unless of course the common citizen has a family member PBA card, then they are defacto police, with special priviliges and special rules.
None Fairlawn

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

#2 Mar 28, 2008
The police can do anything they feel like doing. Just don't you try to do the same thing because you will for sure be pulled over and given a ticket. I guess it is Do as I say, but not as I do. That I don't think will ever change.

Bronx, NY

#3 Sep 11, 2008
and that go's for seat belts, speed limits and traffic lights too! NJ cops suck!
no mo

Vienna, VA

#4 Sep 11, 2008
dont forget donuts,oh they blow too

Since: Sep 08

Tampa, Fl

#5 Sep 14, 2008
Most cops use their cell phone while working for work related issues. Look at the outdated radios and equipment they use in Paterson. I think the city should pay for the phones not just give them priviliges.

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2008
Once again...Baltimore, MD is back on ... but now as no mo. Or maybe NO MO the cops might need their cell phones to call for help just incase some 'mentally challanged' people decide to try and run them over. So they might just happen to use it for something else besides donuts. Of course that is only if a 'mentally challanged' person would enter into their territory. Amazing isn't it.

Vienna, VA

#7 Sep 15, 2008
The police need cell phones, after all how are they going to know if the wives husband is home or not.
Old School

Randolph, NJ

#8 Sep 15, 2008
Good point Dallas!
Jake Itch

United States

#9 Sep 17, 2008
Anyone with the IQ of a turnip (which applies to most cops) shouldn't be permitted to multi-task behind the wheel. Can anyone identify another profession than shuns intelligent applicants..........

A US man has been rejected in his bid to become a police officer for scoring too high on an intelligence test.

Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took an exam to join the New London police, in Connecticut, in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125.

United States

#10 Sep 18, 2008
Dallas from 'Baltimore, MD'.... I have to say that you (know) understand about the use of cell phones just like you (know) understand how they used to lie to their wives years ago before cell phones. While we are at it...lets talk about a 'fiction of course' story. There were 2 'cops' living in the same house (so the story goes haha) and the one below as well as the one above used to have flings -- was told from a horses mouth. And may I add lots of flings! It's in their job description along with a robbery every so often here and there...or should I say just borrowing it on a permanent basis. Hey if somebody died or dies during it they could always blame it on the dead guy. Of course this is not true....'only fiction' heehaw Oops ... Wow my image number starts with a 3 and has a 6 & 9 in it....devine
Hang Em High

United States

#11 Sep 18, 2008
Cops are NO different than criminals.

Uniformed SCUM expect special treatment when caught..........


A broken system works in favor of cops busted for DUI

How officers are disciplined varies widely from one police agency to another. Standards are forged through union negotiations and case-by-case consultations among sheriffs and chiefs. The result is a complete lack of uniformity.

Some cops get free passes when stopped for DUI
Police officers sometimes ask for special treatment under the law -- and get it.

That 'bear sticker' on the window signals,'Hey, I'm a cop'
That little bear sticker on the window could be considered a request for special treatment during a traffic stop.

When cops let fellow cops drive drunk
One high-profile cop's descent into alcoholism illustrates how cops cover for other cops.
blue you

Clifton, NJ

#12 Sep 19, 2008
there is absolutly no reason why the boys in blue should be exempt from this law. do you really think it's used for work? i know a few of them and it's used to talk to thier buddies and/or thier stash (other women). the only reason they should be exempt from this law is if i dial 911 and it reaches a cop directly if im in need of help.

United States

#13 Sep 19, 2008
You got it Hang em high.....Amazing isn't it...

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Sep 23, 2008
Professors lecture their students and students learn from their lectures. Police officers (the professors) enforce the laws to the people (the students). If I am not clear, what I am saying is that Police officers are indeed the example to follow and should be considered as role models to the public so that we respect what they enforce.
It is also amazing to see Troopers rushing in on a bumper-to-bumper traffic like if their are really going for an immergency, instead, they just want to avoid the long wait. These officers should be monitored. I see this all the time there is traffic in the parkway.
Mr Science

United States

#15 Sep 23, 2008
<<<<<<It is also amazing to see Troopers rushing in on a bumper-to-bumper traffic like if their are really going for an immergency, instead, they just want to avoid the long wait.<<<<< <<<

Cops are clowns who expect special privileges, i.e., immunity from the same traffic laws they ignore.

They call it PROFESSIONAL COURTESY when it is nothing more than a double standard implemented by stooges with low integrity ......and lower IQ.

They even have a site to COMPLAIN if they get a ticket, to harass and identify the SOB who didn't treat them special.



Maumee, OH

#16 Sep 23, 2008
I recall years ago they tried to ban the use of CB radios while driving. I remember the case that threw the entire mess out of court. A Highway Patrol office pulled a guy over for using his CB. The guy took it to trial. The attorney asked the cop what he did when he saw the driver use the CB radio. The cop stated he called it in on his radio. Hearing that the judge threw it out. That case turned the tide and stopped the ban.
I wonder what case will go before what judge to throw this one out?
As a side note, I would like to see a ban on texting while driving. That is not just bad it is stupid!
Old School

Randolph, NJ

#17 Sep 23, 2008
Cell phones became popular & affordable around 1983.
For all those years people got used to using them while driving and it seems rational some accidents were the result of drivers talking while driving.
So now, 25 years later laws are passed against driving and holding a cell phone to your ear.
If it's such a dangerous distraction now, why wasn't it 25 years ago? Because now lawmakers can get the state lots of revenue by having cops issue tickets for using one while driving. People are used to using them after all those years and have made themselves easy marks for overzealous cops. At $100.00 per fine, I think Corzine figures he can make enough money to help offset the rampant spending by the state's out of control budget. I keep mine shut off while driving. There are enough people who can't chew gum and walk, let alone drive and talk on a phone. They are enough for me to keep my eyes open for.
In my opinion, cell phones are grossly misused for nonsense. Great devices for people who like to announce their every move to other people who really don't care. There, I said it and now I feel better.

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