the downside of incorporation

i saw no less that SIX sandy springs police officers on georgia 400 north this morning. nice move. they know we are all itching to press the foot down now that the new lanes are open so voila here they come to write some fine.

i suppose its good. 400 really is a nascar race when there is no traffic and i will admit to being swept up in it. and of course they have been announcing these actions to the world*, but maybe they could have given us a few weeks of speeding bliss with the new lanes open before swooping in.

of course they were so obvious that there is no way anyone should have gotten caught. although amazingly they had two people pulled over. the first round of them were sitting just around the 285 curve and you could just watch the floret of brake lights.

i can tell you this – fulton county would have never put 6 cops on 400 north.

oh – and i would have taken a picture with my camera phone but i didn’t want annie getting mad at me again*.

11 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    Lord forbid that the law is actually enforced. If you’re going to speed, accept the fact that you may be fined. Do the crime do the fine. I don’t have a problem if police officers write tickets for each and every infraction that they see. It’s not revenue generating, it’s enforcement of the law. Deal with it.

  2. Eric (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    I believe that Sandy Springs incorporated into a city to wholly act as a giant traffic ticket agency. I just read in the AJC that they have a $2 million surplus and are going to spend that money on needed new officers. Maybe they should take their officers and have them work the beat, not be gloried traffic officers. I’m all for getting people to drive with sanity, but when your police department becomes a traffic enforcement agency, geez.

  3. Smoove D (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    They’ve got to pay for that city somehow!

    Hey Adam, go fuck yourself. The one thing I can’t stand is moron fucktards like you who always front like they’re saints on the internet. It’s the ludicrously low speed limit that’s the problem, not speeding. Take a gander at the Atlanta Regional Commission’s new analysis of crash data in metro Atlanta and report back to the class how many crashes are a result of excessive speed. I bet your pious ass will be surprised. Idiot.

  4. Adam (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 7:45 am

    Smoove D, I didn’t tell you not to speed. Speed if you want. Just accept the consequences. There’s nothing pious about that statement. Great, so the speed limit is set too low and speed has nothing to do with accidents. Whoop de doo. What does that have to do with my original argument? Want to speed? Get a ticket, don’t complain. Rob a liqour store, get shot? No sympathy here. Can’t hold a job, like the drugs, end up living on the street. Blame yourself not society. PWB… don’t expect someone to call you out on your idiotic statements.

    It’s all about personal responisiblity.

  5. Smoove D (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    Adam, robbing a liquor store and speeding are two different things. But you’re a dumb ass, so I wouldn’t expect you to realize that. The point of the original post is Sandy Springs is running a revenue enhancement service with their law enforcement officers and not using the police to protect and serve the general population.

    I’m not blaming anyone – I’m just pointing out that in the modern era of ABS, electronic stability control, and multiple airbags, maybe the speed limit should be revisited instead of serving as a way for localities to make money off the citizenry.

    As the Germans have proven with the Autobahn, speed limits on controlled access highways are unnecessary and contribute nothing to safety.

    You’re so clueless, I bet you believe they found WMD in Iraq.

  6. Adam (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    Spoken like a true democrat. Answer me this, Yes or No, is Sandy Springs enforcing the law? One word answer. Yes or No?

  7. Jim V. (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

    The question isn’t whether or not Sandy Springs police should enforce the law. The question is, given that they have limited resources, how should the police direct those resources. Every cop enforcing speeding on 400 is one less cop patrolling neighborhoods.

    The difference is that if a copy is preventing a burglary, he’s not generating revenue.

    The people who voted to incorporate Sandy Spring were sold a bill of goods, and now it’s time to pay the bill.

  8. Adam (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    The bill of goods that Sandy Springs was sold was not to support all of the deadbeats living in Woodruff Park. Or at least limit the drain of the city of Atlanta.

    The Yes or No question about Sandy Springs law enforcement is a valid one. A law is a law whether it’s enforcement generates revenue or not. If you speed you should accept responsibility for any possible ramifications.

  9. james (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    i am still looking for the citation in my original post where i suggest that people should not take responsibility for their actions.

    a tounge-in-cheek post about it being harder to speed on my way to work is not a rallying cry for anarchy and civil disobedience.

    you can be a law and order republican and still admit that certain laws are stupid, ala the 55 mph speed limit on ga 400, which at least in my opinion is idiotic.

    and frankly i believe it is hypocritical to pass or maintain a law under the guise of public safety when it’s real mission is to generate revenue for a government. if sandy springs wants to use 400 as a revenue generator they should do the honorable thing and put up toll booths.

    that being said, i personally have no objection to your commentary on this post, it’s all a valid opinion with the exception of one thing:

    you wrote, “Can’t hold a job, like the drugs, end up living on the street. Blame yourself not society.”

    i take it from this statement that addiction has never touched you or your family, because, i have to believe if it had you would not have made it.

    here is my challenge to you, adam, take it or leave it. sign up for a volunteer gig at one of the many public or private organizations that deals with drug addiction and let me know if you still feel that way when you are done.

    cheers, and happy speeding.

  10. Jim V. (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 5:43 am

    Adam wrote:

    The bill of goods that Sandy Springs was sold was not to support all of the deadbeats living in Woodruff Park. Or at least limit the drain of the city of Atlanta.

    Drain? Sandy Springs wants all of the benefits of being part of the 9th largest metro area in the country, but wants to externalize as many of the costs, that the Georgia legislature will allow it to.

    It’s surprising how civic minded you are when it comes to enforcing a speed limit, but when it comes to paying your fair share of the cost living in a metro area, it’s someone else’s problem.

  11. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 4:49 am

    I saw a bunch of bossmen on 285 thanksgiving morning, taxing the out-of-staters. We should put up warning signs around here….”Danger: traffic racket ahead.”

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