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  • adeutch
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    Originally posted by adeutch View Post
    Not in Austin yet, I don't believe. Or at least I haven't noticed any signs posted yet.
    I take that back. The signs are up now in Austin. Just saw one yesterday. Much smaller than the regular sign and kinda hard to read while driving, but I guess people will learn when they start getting $200 cell phone tickets.

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  • School Cop
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    Easier than Reckless Driving would be a cite for Fail to Control Speed. If you can articulate how they were out of control, there you go. Just as good as a radar speeding ticket, no?

    Of course, if they are in control but going 50 / 30, is what you want to know, I suppose. Don't y'all even have an old handheld in a cabinet somewhere?

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  • shlsmv
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    we have signs posted for no cell phones in our school zones

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  • kcso
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    Originally posted by adeutch View Post
    Not in Austin yet, I don't believe. Or at least I haven't noticed any signs posted yet.
    True, signs have to be posted first.

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  • adeutch
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    Originally posted by kcso View Post
    Yes, especially while running Lidar. Also, it's now unlawful for drivers to talk on their phones or text while driving through a school zone.
    Not in Austin yet, I don't believe. Or at least I haven't noticed any signs posted yet.

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  • kcso
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    Originally posted by adeutch View Post
    Seems kinda dangerous considering how many people are on their phones texting these days...Any of you guys ever do this?
    Yes, especially while running Lidar. Also, it's now unlawful for drivers to talk on their phones or text while driving through a school zone.

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  • adeutch
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    O.k., a couple months ago when school started back up again I saw a cop clocking people at the end of a school zone (20mph). I think he had a motorcycle with him, but he didn't use it. When he caught a guy, he just walked out in the middle of the road and flagged the car down and made him pull into the parking lot. I saw him doing the same thing the next morning. Maybe it's common, and I've just never seen it. Seems kinda dangerous considering how many people are on their phones texting these days. Then again, I can see the convenience in not having to actually get on the road and go after the guy and leave your spot.
    Any of you guys ever do this?

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  • Grummin
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    In this day and age have your department find you one. If its new then great, if not there are plenty of old units around.

    As for charging someone with reckless driving, and taking them to jail for just speeding in a school zone wont fly. As for the unsafe speed, as mentioned above there is going to have to be a some sort of action taken on the drivers part. ie: passing cars in the outside lane with childern walking on the sidewalk.

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  • stillamarine
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    Here its Reasonable and Prudent.

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  • leesrt
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    In Georgia we have "too fast for conditions". This is used when the conditions and not necessarily the posted speed limit is the problem. In your case the school zone would fit.

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  • bell4fan
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    Visual observation, pacing, find 2 fixed objects that you know their distance, and time the cars going through it.

    Maybe could do a disregard traffic control device.

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  • iamacop
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    Pace??? I would say reckless driving has to be more than speeding. Before I arrest for reckless driving, I want to see a reaction by other driver's/pedestrians, due to the actions of the suspect. Speeding alone does not constitute reckless driving(as far as I'm concerned.) Ugh, that's a good question homie! The only time I would charge someone for unsafe speed is if the suspect has to take some type of evasive action due to his speed for the current roadway conditions... Soooo, my post was pretty much worthless, but oh well, move on..

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  • How to charge someone for speeding without Speed Radar?

    which is the best charge to get someone for speeding escpecially in a school zone when I aint got a radar gun? Reckless Driving? Unsafe Speed? How would I justify them in court?
    Last edited by propilot5000; 10-08-2009, 01:01 AM.

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