Originally posted by rcwj1975
Atleast I put my "codes" on the front of the ticket...
I only use codes if your acting like an idiot. Sorry but if you blow a stop sign, are doing 85 in a 50, or pass on a double yellow making other
motorists swirve, etc....I have NO sympathy for you and definitly will note on the ticket if your being an AH driver.
While I agree with the sentiment and can't stand the types of drivers you mention who recklessly put everyone at risk, isn't it your job just to
document and give the ticket and not attempt to influence any sort of further punishment based on your opinion of the attitude of the violator at the
time the ticket was given?
I ask because the ticket system itself should be punishment enough without having to make it come down to the subjective opinion of the officer via
"secret code" as to whether or not the driver deserves more hassles. I think the ticket and documentation of the violation is more than enough
without unfairly injecting the officers "opinion" of the driver in secret. The person has no way to defend themselves against this opinion and I
have saw on video officers needlessly berating drivers over a basic violation.
No telling now what other extra punishment they got because of the officers foul mood.
My problem is what's to stop an officer from putting the "AH" on my ticket just because he doesn't like the way I look, the music I was playing,
or the company I keep?
Who monitors the officers mood that day, their "sensitivity levels" and if these characterizations are just?
If the person is an "AH" with a bad attitude during the ticket giving, chances are this won't be easily hidden in front of the Judge and that they
probably have a history already. If the ticket is just, then the appropriate punishment is delivered.
This however could cross over into the cruel and unusual punishment category.
Like a guard abusing a prisoner via providing tainted foods, soiled clothing, etc...because they don't like the crime he/she committed.
That isn't in their job description for a reason.
I say just do your job or write it so that the driver can see and have a fair chance to debate it.
After all...if an officer is rude at the fast food window, or known to be a jerk to the locals, I am sure they wouldn't like to have a secret code
punched into their order telling the cook to spit in it.
[edit on 1-3-2010 by lee anoma]