Virginia Police Crackdown Nets 6K Tickets, Arrests

July 21, 2010

  • July 21, 2010 at 9:51 am
    Va Broker says:
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    As someone who has lived in VA for 50 + years i can tell you, the VA State Police are thugs (yes thugs) not to be fooled with.

    These people would ticket their own mother for going a mile over the posted speed.

    They are power happy and give state police nationwide a bad reputation.

    They love to hassle out of state folks-especially if they come from north of the Mason-Dixon line.

    They are unprofessional and pray on people.

  • July 21, 2010 at 10:20 am
    O'rlly? says:
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    Dear Va Broker;

    First off I would like to say that i somewhat agree with your sentiment but not with the aggressive way you stated it. I personaly know a few Virginia Troopers and from my experiences with them they are just like everyday people. Yes some, I propose a few, a rare few; are power hungry overly ambitious. However the vast majority are very professional and respectful individuals. Who are preforming a very thankless and dangerous job.

    Further, Not a single one of them would ticket their own mothers nor do they intentionally prey on people from out of state.

    It seems to me that If you don’t want to be hassled by the law enforcement organizations then don’t break the law.

    P.S. what ever happened to the respect and due civility people should show for one another?

  • July 21, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Va Broker says:
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    The fact that they handed out 6,000 summonses and arrests and more than half were for speeding OVER A WEEKEND leaves me to come to 2 conclusions:

    1) They were overly aggressive as a group.

    OR

    2) VA is a dangerous place and with that many “criminals” rounded up OVER A WEEKEND would indicate VA is a lawless state and the State Police have not performed their duty the other 362 days of the year.

    Knowing the area as I do, option #2 is a no go.

    I will hand this to you; yes, not every one of the VA State Police are bad cops but a great deal of them are way out of bounds.

    As for you PS to me, last I checked, we have the right of free speech. The VA State Police are paid for by my tax dollars so i have EVERY RIGHT to voice my opinion.

  • July 21, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Va Broker says:
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    Just to demonstrate the numbers involved here, if they handed out 6,000 summonses and arrests over a 48 hour period, that means they were issuing 125 summonses and arrests each HOUR. That is just an AVERAGE.

    They handed out more than 6,000 per this article and you know they probably had “peak” periods over the weekend where they were actually enforcing this dragnet so the rate per hour is probably FAR MORE than 125 per hour.

    Those numbers are unreal

  • July 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    Big K says:
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    I live in Ohio where the State Police are the most aggressive. They pride them selves in pulling 5 cars over in a single stop. I have witnessed this twice. Once when coming from Indiana into OH. not even 3 miles from the state line. and Once near the West VA. border.

  • July 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    Guard the Guards says:
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    This whole incident merely points out what cops really are: revenue officers. They have nothing to do with keeping people safe. You did know that no government or any of its agencies have any duty or obligation to do anything for anyone didn’t you? From where do I get this outrageous statement? How about government courts from the Supreme Court down in hundreds of decisions. Truth hurts, doesn’t it?

  • July 21, 2010 at 1:24 am
    Ponch says:
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    Why is it that this is always referred to as “cracking down”? Shouldn’t law enforceent be “cracking down” every day of the week? If motorists are breaking the law, the police should be issuing tickets. Otherwise they are not doing their job… which many of you would be b’n about anyhow.

  • July 21, 2010 at 1:36 am
    Linnette says:
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    I think it is great that they issued 6,000 tickets. The fact is I would hire them in a minute for the speed in which they work. I’m talking productivity my friends. 12 drunks arrested is worth it alone. I commend these ladies/gentlemen for performing their job above the call of duty. Everytime I see someone pulled over on 95 I feel bad that the officer has to approach the vehicle not knowing if he will be alive when he returns to his car. There is good and bad in every profession. This is life. A drunk driver killed a friend of mine. It opens your eyes. I say lower taxes and issue tickets. Good job VASP.

  • July 21, 2010 at 2:20 am
    Kojak says:
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    I have no problem with police doing their job but teh Virgina State Police are known to be very aggressive-the best way to describe them is Buford T Justice from Smokey & the Bandit. Abusive, red-necks who love to hassle you and God help you if you come from up North.

    No, enforce the laws-that’s fine but this is way out of bounds. They have more serious things to do than this crap

  • July 21, 2010 at 2:29 am
    Jefferson Davis says:
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    I love to hear yankees rant. Just proves their as stupid as they claim southeners to be.

  • July 21, 2010 at 2:44 am
    Thinking says:
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    Stupid is when you can’t tell or don’t know the difference between they’re and their (or there).

  • July 21, 2010 at 3:30 am
    dbroker says:
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    I agree w/”Thinker” regarding Jefferson Davis’ remarks……not knowing the difference between “their” and “they’re” or “there” shows that JD is lucky if he received a GED. Plus seeing the word “southerner” misspelled (southener) was just icing on the cake! Spell Check, JD….check it out before you bash us “Northerners” my good fellow.

  • July 21, 2010 at 3:30 am
    Kale says:
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    You misspelled “their”.

  • July 22, 2010 at 9:08 am
    Jefferson Davis says:
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    Actually my typo’s are a product of my public school system education thank you very much! All of you just remember next time you misspell a word how suddenly all the intelect you have acquired over your lifetime suddenly back slid your IQ to a caveman southeners…!? hah! Stupidity is claiming to be more intelligent by not making typo’s. Thats a skill, not a IQ test!

  • July 22, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Big K says:
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    You should have stayed with that public education to the twelfth grade, that’s (12th).
    In spite of the 6th grade grammar, You have also failed to spell “intellect” and “southerner”. It’s obvious that writing is not your strong suit. Suit =(A quality, activity, or skill in which a person excels). Fortunately however, You have provided us considerable amusement.

  • July 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    Jefferson Davis says:
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    Sir,
    the phrase “You should have stayed with that public education to the twelfth grade, that’s (12th” ..is a fragment. Along with the phrase “It’s obvious that writing is not your strong suit.” Besides that,”You” is capitalized twice in the middle of a sentence. I do not think you are very qualified to criticize yourself.

  • July 22, 2010 at 1:17 am
    Hank says:
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    Very entertaining!! You all are a bunch of dumba$$es in my book!

  • July 22, 2010 at 2:33 am
    Big K says:
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    Sentence fragments are common in blogs Einstein, or haven’t you noticed!
    the capital “Y” was for dramatic effect.You obviously have never been to a Christian church.
    I passed College English with a “B”, and if I did my all of my homework, It would have been an “A”. I am published often, and I’m willing to bet that you are not.
    Ur reel smart! lol

  • July 22, 2010 at 2:35 am
    Big K says:
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    Ur not a bad un’ urself! now git back to werk!

  • July 26, 2010 at 9:55 am
    Former Cop says:
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    Big K, actually their policy states that they have to make a certain number of “motorist contacts” per hour. Translation, pull over some cars and write some tickets. While the ones that I worked with were normal guys, just like everyone else, the State Highway Patrol here in Ohio is run like a military organization, with rules that the troopers must follow, on and off duty. Don’t blame the individuals, blame the beaucratic organization.

  • July 26, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Former Cop says:
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    Actually, Kojak, they don’t have more serious things to do. They were doing exactly what they get paid to do. They are paid to enforce the law, including the speed limit. If you follow the law, you have nothing to worry about. If you don’t like the law, call your Congressman.

  • July 26, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Former Cop says:
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    Actually, Kojak, they don’t have more serious things to do. They were doing exactly what they get paid to do. They are paid to enforce the law, including the speed limit. If you follow the law, you have nothing to worry about. If you don’t like the law, call your Congressman.

  • July 28, 2010 at 2:56 am
    O'Rlly? says:
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    So I did some research, According to the VA DOT I-81 has on an average weekend 125,000 vehicles per day. SO we are talking for an average weekend 125k vehicles on I-81. I-95, I would bet has heavier traffic. For the sake of this article let us assume I-95 and I-81 have comprable vehicle use. That would mean on an average weekend both interstate highway combined saw approximately 250,000 vehicles; of which 6,000 were pulled over! That’s what about 2~2.5% of the traffic. Let’s do a quick experiment: next time your at a stop sign I would like you to look around at the other vehicles my guess is that far more than 2.5% of them are driving unsafely!



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