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Police officers need to remember importance of roadside courtesy


To The Editor:

With all due respect to our law enforcement they do a thankless job.

This past week my wife on her way to a meeting where she works was pulled over by a NY State trooper. As she was handing over her license she was informed that she was pulled over for talking on her cell phone, my wife barely talks on the phone at home let alone in the truck. When she said No sir, i most certainly was not talking on my phone his answer was, maybe you were using that CB but you were talking on something.

She and I both are quitting smoking, she chews gum to help herself along, that’s what he saw, a piece of gum.

Two things, why bring in the CB, is that illegal in New York now? And if this young officer can’t tell the difference between a cell phone and a stick of gum maybe he needs to take a little more training time or get some glasses for driving.

Maybe Bluetooth technology escapes him? That’s not something trooper cars have apparently, what with all the officers I see talking on phones. Maybe he doesn’t realize that a ringing phone, the touch of a button and presto phone through the radio speakers.

As it turned out my wife didn’t get a ticket, just a warning, but the officer was, at least in my wife version, a bit on the rude side when he had no more to say. No apology for his mistake and no sign that he was wrong in any way.

I confronted a sheriff about just that a couple years back and his answer to me was I was talking business. Must have been some awful fun business from the smiling and laughing he was doing. After a few minutes of discussion, he finally relented and admitted he was wrong.

Don’t you think that not only are the officers supposed to set an example to the public and stay off their phones while on duty and driving, they can be just a tad bit courteous to a woman who had nothing more than a stick of gum and a CB.

I want to repeat. I have all the respect in the world for our police officers, I have friends that are cops, but this young man was out of line.

Will Gray


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