Winnipeg Police Service’s Desire For Traffic Ticket Cash Overshadows Writing Speeding Tickets Properly!
Milking construction zones for money seems to be the priority of the Police and City, regardless of embarrassing ticket blunders.
Before I begin this article, let’s get one thing straight……construction zones on roadways in Manitoba and Winnipeg overall are pretty safe places to work in and drive through and they have been for many many years. In fact research I conducted years ago through MPI and WCB found very few incidents and collisions occurred in them and the majority involved construction vehicles and workers personal vehicles. On average there were 1 or 2 injuries to workers in these zones a year and that was for the whole province not just Winnipeg and those injures were seldom collision related and if they were they were minor.
In fact, during the 17+ years I was with the police service, including the 10+ years in traffic division I never heard of or was ever instructed to pay attention to a construction zone due to complaints of speed or otherwise. The only reason any focus was ever paid to them was because of the limitations of the photo enforcement program as it was one of the areas it was allowed to enforce. Even though there were no statistics to justify having it there, the city realized very quickly……..”There’s money in them there Zones!!”
New type of sensor gun could become useful tool for law enforcement to catch texting drivers.
Virginia company ComSonics is working on a portable sensor gun that could pick up the frequencies emitted by your cell phone. The idea is based around the fact that when you use you phone for calling or texting. The frequency given off is different depending on the function being used.
For those who would be worried about privacy, it should be noted that the device would not be able to receive or store any form of data from your phone, it would simply detect that a frequency consistent with texting was coming from your vehicle when the device was aimed at it.
There is also the issue of who may have been using a phone in the vehicle as the device can’t identify which cell was being used. However like many other tools it can give the police a reason to pull you over and investigate further. Many police services use things like radar detector detectors and flashlights that detect the presence of alcohol in the air to assist them in nabbing speeders and drunk drivers.
The sensor gun is currently in production and there is no firm date of it availability yet.
Originally Charged with Speeding And Then Charged With Dangerous Driving
An Edmonton court heard testimony yesterday from a veteran Edmonton traffic officer who testified about observing and catching on radar a motorcyclist going 264 kmh on the Anthony Henday and that it was the fastest speed he had ever seen on during his career. “It was incredibly fast, incredibly fast,” said Const. Doug Hinecker. “I have never ever in 20 years of doing traffic enforcement seen anything like this. I was actually very shocked for that time of day.”
The Accused Paul Bennett, 33 is charged with dangerous driving and listened as he heard Hinecker describe how said he was doing traffic enforcement on the Henday in his unmarked police car equipped with a dash-mounted Stalker DSR II radar gun at 3:30 p.m. on May 1. Officer Hinecker said he was going east on the Henday — which has a posted speed limit of 100 kmh — and first noticed the black 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R when it went by him at normal speeds while behind a car in the next lane over.
Then the car changed lanes and the motorcycle “accelerated quickly,” said Hinecker, adding he activated his radar unit and began following the motorcycle.
Officer says he aggressively enforces traffic laws and knows the people who break them.
Gaylord police are defending Officer Boon against ACLU claims of racial profiling, statistics show fifty-nine percent of tickets issued by Gaylord officer Eric Boon over the last year or so were issued to Latinos, who make up about 23 percent of the city’s population. The city’s other two full-time officers ticketed Latinos about 30 percent of the time.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, which compiled these statistics, argues that Boon is selectively enforcing the law against Latinos. They say he camps in front of the Michael’s Foods egg-processing plant and runs the license plates of Latinos who work there, among other tactics.
Boon, who has worked in Gaylord since 2003, says he aggressively enforces traffic laws and knows the people who break them.
“I know the houses of people who don’t have driver’s licenses,” he said.
And if Latinos tend to be the people without valid licenses, Boon said, that’s not his fault.
The police reviewed Boon’s conduct and, with one exception, found nothing to merit discipline. That exception happened last summer, when dashboard cameras recorded Boon telling a Latino man he could make his family’s life a “living hell.”
Boon was given a written reprimand for the incident earlier this year.The small-town police department is frustrated by allegations that it believes were long ago settled and borne from the grudges of a disgruntled few in Gaylord.
“We have a good relationship with the Hispanic community,” said Donald Lannoye, the city’s attorney.
Winnipeg And Toronto, A Tale Of Two Greedy Police Services.
When it comes to these two cities, no one would dare compare themselves to the other, Winnipeggers think Torontonians feel the universe revolves around them and people in Toronto think Winnipeg is Uranus.
However one thing they do have in common is a police leadership along with a council who lack creative skills to come up with logical ways to raise capital other then increasing user fees, property taxes or installing photo ATM machines, or as they’re referred to by their owners as, Photo Enforcement Safety Devices.