Basically, a Police Officer died for virtually nothing. Why does this bother me so much?, let me explain
Let me take you all back to Polkfest 2005. It was a fest held at Polk HQ and then Doro's abode. It was a good time. At the end of the festivities, I was driving home on what I believe was I95 heading North back to Jersey. I was in the fast lane, going faster than the speed limit I'm sure, but rolling with traffic at the time (which is what to do in Jersey)
As I was driving, I see the truck in front of me stopping.....FAST!
I follow suit, feeling lucky that I left a safe following distance, as I usually do. AS this truck is literally coming to a stop in the fast lane, I'm thinking to myself, "what is this @ssclown doing?" As he is at a near stop, he pulls off to the left and I see a Maryland State Trooper, pointing at my car and pulling me off the road, along with other cars that were in the side as well.
It hit me, this was a speed trap.
Now look, I Know speed traps are a part of life, i didnt care about that. What did chap my ass was that a trooper walked into the fast lane of a f%^king interstate to do it. I know alot of cops and have alot of respect for the sh*t they go through, so seeing a cop so recklessly risk his life for the sake of speeding tickets really drew my ire.
The trooper walked up to my car. To his credit he was professional. He even asked me about my State ID credentials when he saw my badge. I told him what it was , and then mutterred the words that made me getting a ticket a forgone conclusion
"If you pulled that sh*t in Jersey, you would be a Fu*king DEAD MAN!!"
Stupid? yep, but thats how pissed off I was, I hardly gave a whoop about a ticket at the time (truth be told, i would have done the same thing if I had to do it all again)
He came back with my ticket, he was still very courteous and professional, again to his credit. I signed the ticket, thanked him genuinly and told him to be safe, and that "no life is worth handing out tickets, least of all yours".
I though to myself how that could be the standard operating procedure for speed traps without a cop getting killed. I truly thought it was a matter of time only, hoping I was wrong.
well, i wasn't, as the news link above will attest.
for a G^&damn traffic ticket. does Maryland need the cash that bad that this guy risked his life in such a way? Cops always are at risk, it doesnt mean you up the ante so recklessly.
I dont blame the cop, I blame their leadership that thinks standing in the fast lane of highways is the best way to enforce speed laws.
My heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Scott Wheeler, as well as the Maryland law enforcement community in general