posted on Mar, 24 2008 @ 04:02 PM
1.) I dunno about other states, but in TX, U-turns are legal as long as there is no signs saying otherwise.
2.) If you are going to follow cops to monitor, etc, be sure to have a police scanner that can also cover their TAC channels. Sometimes they are
dispatched or told to respond or assist by dispatch or a superior, then called off. Sometimes after they are called off, they are told to respond
For example. Officer Ramirez is dispatched to a house where there is a fight. He responds, and upon arrival, everything is settled down. He lets
dispatch no, and his back up the slows it down. All of a sudden, tempers flare, and sh** goes down the tubes. The officer needs back up ASAP. His
back up then hauls it to the house.
It has happened to me.
3.) Officers are not required to have lights and/or sirens going. It makes them and other drivers safer, but it is not required by law. So that
officer going 100 mph past you could be responding to a call.
4.) Sometimes it is better to go fast, but with no lights and/or sirens.
For example, an officer is responding to a situation where the criminal will escalate the situation if he knows that cops are on the way.
Another time I drove fast without lights and/or siren is when making a traffic stop. You can catch the speeder going the same speed he was clocked at
or even faster of you pull up behind him announced. If you come up blazing, the driver will already have seen you, slowed down, and then argued the
fact that he was going the speed limit when you pulled him over. Coming in stealth makes for an easier safer stop. Also, if drugs are involved, the
driver may throw the stuff out the window when he sees the lights coming up. Once again . . . better to come in stealth.
5.) Officers are allowed to break certain laws if life or limb are in danger. This includes speeding, driving the wrong way on one way, running stop
signs, yield signs, red lights, crossing medians, making u turns in areas marked no u turns, parking in a no parking, etc.
[edit on 24/3/2008 by xxpigxx]