Don’t Stand in Traffic Part 1

Allan Barahona is currently on trial for second-degree murder and vehicular homicide in a case involving an officer run over and killed while attempting a traffic stop. But I don’t want to discuss the points of that particular case. From what I read Barahona looks like he might have been trying to evade the traffic stop and was driving recklessly before hand, which is nothing new. I’ve talked plenty on the increasing amounts of dirtbags in Orlando and their lack of respect for the rule of law and the authority of law enforcement.

No, what concerns me is the ongoing incidents of officers getting run over or nearly missed because they take the insanely dangerous approach of stepping in front of speeding vehicles! I had to bold that statement because I hope that when you read the straight fact about what is happening that it sinks in. This should not be condoned. It puts the officer at risk and it puts the public at risk, and not just the accused speeder at which they wish to stop. How long before someone swerves into another lane to avoid the officer and smashes into a school bus or family and kills someone totally uninvolved in the traffic stop? I refuse to accept the the police bear no responsibility in what occurs when they decide to step in front of speeding vehicles!

In a recent WFTV article Sheriff Kevin Beary is quoted:

“They’re having to jump out of the way. Nobody wants to stop. They’ll ride over the curb. They’ll do everything they can,”

Sgt. Armando Socarras of the Orlando police is also quoted in the same article:

“There are a lot of drivers on cell phones not paying attention, radios, all kinds of distractions,”

Yes, yes there are. Which is exactly why you should not stand in front of speeding vehicles! This is just too dangerous a practice to continue. It’s dangerous for the officer, dangerous for the driver and ultimately dangerous for anyone on the road. If a speeding driver fails to stop when you wave them over, then you get the description and license if you can, call it in and have a patrol car follow up. It is just flat out not acceptable and needs to stop.

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