Leo question, speeding

Leo question, speeding

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    Leo question, speeding

    So I was thinking while going down the highway the other day I must have passed an off duty LEO at one point or another while speeding. So when you all see someone go past you over the speed limit are you required to do anything when not on duty? If so do you tend to not because you are off and rather not deal with it?


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    No requirement existed for us to perform any police action in the scenario you presented. In fact for minor infractions such as that it was discouraged. However, if we were off duty and let's say a felony occured then yes, we would be expected to take action. If someone blew past us driving recklessly we would call our dispatcher and have them advise on duty units. Off-duty you have no real means to effect a stop. Only a handful of situations arose when I was a cop that I acted while off-duty and they were all serious or a situation in which someone needed help (i.e. motorist or medical issue).
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    How many folks would actualy stop for an unmarked vehicle with no emergencey lights anyway? I have told my family to never do that. And, if stopped by a LEO in their POV, how can they prove someone was speeding? Not a LEO but thought I would chime in.
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    To the OP....Yes, how would an off duty LEO in his POV alert you that you are being asked to stop. No lights, no siren's nothing..If someone behind me was just flashing headlights and blowing the horn and waving......well I would probably keep driving until I found a LEO or a police station.
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    There was a guy once who was on the interstate in a 32 duce coupe that looked like it just came out of Hot Rod Magazine. Cherry Red new paint job, new chrome, awesome ride. He was actually traveling less than the posted speed limit when a Highway Patrolman pulled in behind him with lights flashing and siren blazing...the dude sped up to 70 and the Highway Patrol stayed on his tail..after about 10 miles and speeds up to 90 he finally pulled over and the HP was flabbergasted and told the man he just wanted to stop him as see the car and talk to him about it. Asked the man why he tried to run from him......the man replied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    How many folks would actualy stop for an unmarked vehicle with no emergencey lights anyway?
    Not. A. Chance.
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    Without radar, laser, or calibrated speedometer, how would an LEO prove speeding? Looking like one vehicle is speeding can also mean the other cars were driving slow.
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    We ask enough of them lets not put them to work off the clock over pettiness.

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    How would they determine it? I suppose I expected that to be answered by someone else. I would think there is some mathematical equation for that right? There seems to be one for everything, say distance covered x time =speed ? As for how? I suppose pulling up next to you and showing a badge? But in reality I would just expect that they would follow the speeder while communicating their location to the local pd.

    I don't know the details but I recall a marine in my unit spending over a year fighting a ticket he was given by an off duty based on some math. I don't know the outcome of that but it was in NC and they love to nail Marines down there. You will get a summons for 6 over for being a marine just so they can be sure your unit will mess with you for having to take time off to go to court. I actually got pulled over going 9 over (the only time my whole life mind you) and got a summons, so it's true.

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    Just dont speed in Connecticut. State Troopers are issued a patrol car to keep through their career and can use it while "off duty." A majority are unmarked, in fact I think I have only seen a handful ever that were marked and many do not even have lightbars.
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    Not a LEO myself, but have many family members who were/are. Departments they worked for didn't require them to do anything when off duty for minor traffic violations. Now if it were something like reckless driving or suspected DUI, they would call into the station, give the details and let an on duty unit handle it.
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    Don't speed?

    Hahaha. I know, we all do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fausty View Post
    Don't speed?

    Hahaha. I know, we all do it.
    Beleive it or not I don't.......I use to LOL! I had to get a waiver to get into the army (I thinkit was for my clearance) because of about 8 speeding tickets. I got 2 speeding tickets as an adult. I stopped speeding and started using Mr. Speed Control about 10 years ago.

    My son just got his first ticket and is learning the hard way to not speed. We signed him up for the online defensive driving course which takes longer than one six our sitting in person.
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    I drive about five over or so. I never speed excessively. But technically I am guilty of speeding. The thing is in WI if you are going the speed limit, even in the right lane, people are going to be riding your bumper.

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    5 over - Wow! A real risk taker! Right or wrong, the Deep South is pretty much the home of NASCAR and all the NASCAR wannabes. We all generally consider wide, flat concrete pads with smooth curves make us all think we are on a race track. While I can't vouch for it, I have heard an expression often used around here is "One to Nine, you're fine, more than nine, you're mine."
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