Another Case of No Harm Caused

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Fox News just posted a story about an Indiana driver who got cuffed and stuffed for driving 120 MPH on the highway. Cue the clap-for-Stalin applause.

The cop – driving an unmarked Mustang GT, a $35,000 muscle car of which the Indiana State Police apparently have several – “busted” the driver and carted him off to the clink. He faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine – but it’s actually far worse, especially financially. He will be uninsurable for years – but will be forced to buy insurance, as per mandatory insurance laws. That means he’ll be forced to pay probably several thousand dollars a year – for years – to be “covered.”

In the end, if he is convicted, the driver will very probably be shorn of tens of thousands of dollars.

But who was harmed? Where is the victim?

It is certainly not the Indiana State Police – which uses the revenue generated by traffic stops (and subsequent fines) to finance the purchase of fleets of high-dollar V8 muscle cars, which it then uses to generate more revenue.

But he was driving 120 MPH!

And? Cops do this all the time.

But they are “in pursuit” and “on duty”!

Which makes it safe how, exactly? Put another way, if it is unsafe for a “civilian,” as we are styled by them (even though they are also civilians, since they are not in the army – much as they dress and act as if they were and think they are, general’s epaulettes and all) then how is it safe for them do the same thing?

Do the laws of physics so often cited not apply when the object in motion is put into motion by someone in a government-issued outfit?

But they are trained!

Well, ok – what if I am, too? What if my training is superior to theirs? Do I get a pass?

The driver in this case didn’t.

He apparently asked for a warning – on the basis of his having not caused harm to anyone and (DMV orthodoxy aside) 120 MPH is not even that fast given highway traffic routinely runs 80-plus irrespective of totem pole speed limit signs. And it may have been a quick burst up to 120 on an open stretch of highway, without other cars in the vicinity. In a brand-new Infiniti, which is mechanically well within its capabilities at that speed and then some.

What’s the big whoop?

In any event, the cop in his $35,000 GT probably came close to 120 himself and maybe even faster in pursuing the Infiniti. He almost certainly has exceeded 120 MPH in that car on many occasions.

Chiefly because he can.

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  1. Heard from David Knight that in Indiana, they can take your car if you go 5 over

    … Never going there, especially for such an insignificant “offense”.

    Also a shame we don’t have an American Autobahn, would solve so many problems

  2. This just highlights a couple of massive myths about cops:

    Cops know how to drive cars really, really fast.

    Cops know all there is to know about guns.

    Both are belly-laugh inducing falsehoods.

  3. As I’ve mentioned before Illinois state troopers drive around at triple digits routinely. Seen it many times. See all sorts of high speed nonsense from cops.

    If I drove half as bad as the cops I would have been put in jail years ago.

    • Morning, Brent!

      Ditto. I’ve even followed a few swine – at a distance – and “clocked” them doing 20-plus over the limit, which in my state is statutory “reckless” driving. You or I are subject to arrest; to having our vehicle impounded. At the least, a mandatory court appearance and – if convicted – six DMV “points” and the certain doubling (if not tripling) of our insurance costs, plus a fine of typically several hundred dollars from the court and suspension of license, etc.

      But not for them. They are “trained” and “on duty.”