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Christmas 2005 (3)

.: Spent the morning visiting friends and exchanging cards and small gifts. Departing the west end of Edmonton, I decided to take southwest stretch of the new Anthony Henday Drive back to my house on the south side. AHD is the first part of the forthcoming Edmonton ring road, and opened a few weeks ago. Typically there is little traffic on this section, as was the case today. With a speed limit of 90 kph and nothing but wide open space, drivers tend to go a little faster (I was passed two or three times on the way home.) Such was the case today as I approached the end of the sw section, only to be waved down by the police and nailed with a $156 speeding ticket.

One policeman was hiding just inside the front door of the car, operating the laser, the other bolting out onto the highway to flag down the bad, bad speeders. What galls me is that the police would be running a speed trap on a section of new, infrequently-used divided highway, far removed from congested traffic or any dangerous driving conditions. Lord knows they aren’t stoopid: the cops set the trap near the end of the 90 klick section, knowing damn well that by that stretch most drivers would be cruising at a higher speed and paying little attention otherwise. My ticket was strictly part of a cash cow afternoon for the police, and on Dec 24 no less – the objective, ice-cold audacity of the timing is feckin’ brilliant and worthy of applause. I left wondering if this particular tag-team was behind in its dollar quota for the month, but also drained of any Christmas spirit left in me for the duration.

Was I speeding? I was driving faster than 90 kph, no doubt. Was I driving at the speed listed on the ticket? How would I ever know? The police will never let a speeder look at the laser gun, nor are they required to do so. I’ve received speeding tickets in the past, and each time have not questioned the issue. This may be the first speeding ticket I choose to challenge; I’ve already sent an e-mail to my lawyer, requesting advice on how to proceed.

My opinion of the police, which has never been positive, continues to deteriorate, especially after episodes like this. I respect what police must do, but I also believe that to be an effective police officer, it is important to have the capacity to be a bully, and more than once I have been on the wrong end of an encounter with a police officer who was in a bullying mood. It isn’t fun.

Having ruined the afternoons of who knows how many drivers today, I hope they both have a wonderful, Merry Christmas.


2 Responses to “Christmas 2005 (3)”

  1. Garth Danielson Says:

    Man getting caught sucks, huh. Still you were speeding, and they were just doing their job. I don’t know that I believe that there are quotas for ticket giving. Where are you that you are coming into contact with the police on a regular basis. Is this happening in Edmonton. I stay away from the police as much as I can. Maybe you’ll luck out in the end and the police department will be charged with corruption. How fast did they say you were going, you should always know how fast you are going. I know it’s tempting to speed but there you go. Roll of the dice, craps, you loose. Still they don’t catch you every time, eh. I certainly couldn’t afford that. How much would your lawyer cost to figth this. Might be cheaper to pay the ticket, something the man is sure to count on. Luckily for me I haven’t had a speeding ticket since I lived in Winnipeg. Just lucky I guess, lord knows I like breaking the law. Of course I pick the times to speed, and I don’t do it very often. Last time I got stopped was only a year or so ago but I didn’t get a ticket. Just a warning, I guess I had a clean record. I always think that the police are going to be out in full force on the holidays, mostly looking for drunk drivers. That the message that the police sends here, maybe they don’t do that in Edmonton much. Here drunk driving is still pretty popular. I would also bet that your police put those guys there for a dual purpose, drunks and speeding. You were out speeding on a close scrutiny day. Low profile, that’s the best advice, especially for the holidays. Try to drive like a ninja.
    I could give a rat’s ass about Christmas spirit but that’s me. I’ve lost that loving feeling. I am just enjoying the second of my four days off in a row. Been burning Martial Law to DVD. It’s pretty fun, I haven’t seen them for a few years.
    Keep us informed on your ticket plight. Fight the power. Down with the man.


  2. bryce Says:

    I hear you! Thats some godd*mnd c**ksuc*in Bulli$h!

    Sorry about my language. I’ve lived in Edmonton all of my life and I hate the ‘fekkin’ EPS. I got nailed for speeding around this time last year. On XMAS DAY for Christ’s sake. I know they’re doing their job, but they obviously aren’t finding it very interesting if that’s how they choose to spend their time (i ean, OUR time. we pay their salaries, eh?)

    btw, garth. the EPS do have quotas to make. that’s why you’ll find springtime is their ‘cleanup’ season. watch out around then. anyways, Good Rant. F**K Them! Check Out My Website!

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