Here's the deal. You know those speed cameras that are up in Salisbury. Well, what if I were to tell you that the most serious offenders have actually been Police Officers.
Not City of Salisbury Police Officers but the top offenders have been the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, the Maryland State Police and the Fruitland Police Department, ALL lead by and or former State Troopers.
The first set of tickets and images came in and get this, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office had FIFTEEN tickets. The Maryland State Police had FIVE tickets and Fruitland had only ONE.
OK, if that isn't bad enough, (Officers speeding MORE than 12 miles per hour in a School Zone, how about if I were to tell you that FIVE of the FIFTEEN WCSO offenders are REPEAT Offenders. That's right, FIVE of the very same Officers were caught repeatedly.
There were NO City of Salisbury Officers, yet Chief Duncan told each Officer, flat out, you get caught, you get a ticket and you pay the fine. Clearly the leader of the SPD has been taken seriously.
Salisbury News learned that while former Sheriff Hunter Nelms was in Office, IF an Officer had been caught and even reported it was automatically assumed the caller was accurate and the Officer would be written up.
Now, you have to wonder, will outside agencies be held accountable for these fines. At this point the SPD is expecting revenues above $20,000.00 a month from these speed cameras. I was driving into the Office the other day and watched one of these Officers flying down Rt. 50 heading towards Salisbury at a very high rate of speed with a child in the car. It seemed to me he was taking his child to school, but I can't be positive about that.
Nevertheless, there's clearly a problem with Police Officers speeding in this area and especially on Rt. 50. Most would not publish such an article in fear of retaliation. Yeah, I might have some issues in the near future but what's right here Folks?
Should the local media clam up and keep quiet about such matters because they're afraid they might get snagged slightly speeding? I guess time will tell. I'm not trying to be a rebel. I'm simply telling the facts. Yeah, we'll get 150 to 200 comments stating they were on calls and yeah, we'll reject those comments, unless they have names to them.
In the mean time we'd like to know your thoughts. Are Police Officers and Agencies above the law? We already know they can by law use their cell phones because they have been trained to do so. Its called multitasking. I'm cool with that.
HOWEVER, I have seen the Sheriff's Office fighting for speed cameras in their school districts, as if the people speeding are criminals and they must be stopped. Can a police cruiser stop any faster than other vehicles while speeding, talking on a cell phone multitasking in a school district?
This should get VERY interesting as I look forward to your replies/comments.