We live in a country where our hired protectors follow us around and try to save us from ourselves, more often then they stop actual crime. There is no disputing that less than a handful of incidents a week are of actual significance for police. Most of their day is actually really boring. So what is a person to do to keep busy?
We have all seen the dangerous and scary side of a board cop wanting to blow off steam and I think we can all agree that it's not something that someone should have to experience. So what about the less violent outlets? Should an on duty cop get breaks, meals and get to have fun on our tax dollars?
Sadly the answer is a resounding "YES!" from communities. The police supporters can't get enough videos of cops goofing off and playing. That's why nothing ever changes. A cop falling asleep in his car or texting while driving is acceptable to those that worship the police. Let's be honest, even an unarmed man killed on video is acceptable to these people. What about the rest of us?
People do not need to see the cops as I do to see the hypocrisy that exists. Even police supporters will admit a few bad apples (even if they will never find a specific one). This shows that to even the most blind, there is a certain knowledge that these gods are fallible. Somewhere between the fallible act and the punishment there is a ball drop though. Time and time again the officers caught doing things wrong are right back on the job the next day laughing about it. In my opinion that is the direct reason things have gotten so bad. Cops know they wont pay for their actions. They know the police supporters will wave their blue line flags no matter what they do.
Public opinion still matters though. We still have a right to our disgust. We have a right to tell these cop supporters "no". No our homes and communities will not show up to your picnics. No will will not fly your flags. No we will not support you in any way, till your behaviour warrants such an honor.
Here we have a unknown police officer in Springfield MO driving down the road casually laughing at a movie on his computer screen. He has no concern for the traffic laws about distracted driving or about the image he is presenting to the public. I'd be willing to bet anything that this cop wrote a ticket for this in the last week. Distracted driving is a catch-all offence that can mean anything. If in the cops judgement you looked like you weren't focused on driving then you have committed the offence.
Upon researching the law for Springfield Missouri specifically, I came upon the webpage for the town. It contains lots of information on safe driving practices. More than I would have expected, actually. The page includes tips and resources so you can not only be legal, but also have good habits.
The specific section on distracted driving has a subsection called "I only looked away for a second". It states:
One of the most common statements we hear from drivers we interview after they have been involved in car accidents is, "I only looked away for a second." Few people understand how far a vehicle can travel in a second at typical city driving speeds. If we add the time it takes for the average driver to perceive and respond to a danger (1.6 seconds) to the second the driver's attention was diverted we come up with the following distances a vehicle will travel at the below listed speeds:
- 20MPH-76 feet (approximately 5 car lengths)
- 30MPH-114 feet (approximately 8 car lengths)
- 40MPH-152 feet (approximately 10 car lengths)
And these distances do not include the time it takes for the car to actually stop. As you can see, just looking away for a second can get you into big trouble, even at city driving speeds. Please be careful and pay attention.
This is directly from the city's police webpage.
If you are sick of cops being the only ones that don't answer to the law (or standards) feel free to call the department. We still have free speech.
Department phone: 417-864-1810
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