Sunday, May 27, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Darol Dickinson
May 27, 2012

It doesn’t take but a few miles on an interstate to see the “courtesy patrol” in action presenting a traffic violation ticket. Some people chuckle while watching others slapped by the strong hand of law enforcement.

Once in her life, my wife received a speeding ticket in New Mexico — I got out and took a photo of the officer wrapping up the deal. That was a mistake on my part, which accompanied more emotional pain to me than the price of the fine.

Personally, I hurt seeing a trucker getting ticketed. I know that he has a great responsibility, is a trained professional, and about 3 tickets will remove his license, end his job, and he goes without the benefits of employment. I hurt seeing a highway patrolman circling a truck like a hungry buzzard on road kill. Enforcers know trucks are a real plumb to capture. They are instant cash — it is all about the money. If for instance, a bunje cord is broken and a small tarp corner is not attached a ticket can be written for “unsecured load” or “oversized load” both can remove points from the driver’s license plus a hefty fine. If one light is not working, its a ticket, a fine and points — “an unsafe vehicle.”

Patrolmen watch for truckers and salivate over the possibility of instant cash — fast money. In order not to hold up a shipment with a critical delivery date drivers carry bank draft cash checks. They can provide a patrolman an instant bank draft and drive away. It is all about the money, and the cost of collection.

Continually fine-tuning the harvest methods, truck stings are planned to weigh and check every truck on the road at well designed points of busy travel. On these staged attacks to facilitate fast cash transactions often vans loaded with a judge, clerk and notary make the payments rapid and lucrative. No driver wants to be held up by an enforcement dispute, so they pay and go. This, of course is passed on to all consumers — that would be me and you.

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