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Letter to the Editor

Deputies drive too fast


web posted October 15, 2009
Dear Editor,
I find the two recent serious accidents by Edgefield County sheriff's deputies disturbing. I think it is a result of a larger trend of law enforcement in general thinking that they are invincible. I have witnessed countless incidents of police officers driving at the peril of the general public to make it to a call only moments faster than if they drove with some sense.

These same officers would put any normal person under the county jail if they saw someone driving in such a manner for any reason.

If one thinks about the situation it really makes no sense. Why would you put yourself and everyone else on the road at such risk for only a few moments gain. It is a fact that unless it is a very long distance going at excessive speeds makes a negligible time difference.

I dont expect them to go 55, I am not saying I want that, but I think 75 or so is resonable and controlable. I have heard officers bragging that on such and such a road  I got my patrol car to 110 MPH responding to a call.

This is not safe, they are not superhuman and dont have enough time to react to any adverse situation that may happen.

One other point before I close. If an officer is involved in a wreck then it ties up resources responding to that situation that should have been used for the original call delaying the entire process much longer than if they had used good judement and common sense.
 
Bobby Allen
Westside Community
 




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