Everywhere I go in lower New York I see the police, not once in a while but every mile or two. They are driving the streets or sitting on the roadside watching our moves, pulling cars over, making money for the town and state. I never feel safer, but pass them feeling watched.
I may drift, or be in a rutted lane with potholes(as many roads have because of the lack of maintenance) shifting the car around concerned it will look like I’m driving drunk; or I may sneeze, or pick my nose, but usually nothing that warrants any attention from Johnny Law or at least, no attention is desired.
However, I often see police running stop lights themselves, flashing their lights, driving through, then shutting them off again, or making a u-turn in a no u-turn place. I also see a lot of cops driving with cell phones to their ears. I paid $115 last year for driving and talking without a hands-free device. And yet cops are enforcing the very laws they are breaking. We have all seen police cars burning down the highway doing 90 for no good reason at all. Just because they can.
My problem is these are the guys who are supposed to be upholding the law, and in certain ways should be better at it than anyone, because this is their job. Their job is justice. Like a preacher or religious leader, they should be the ones showing us all how to behave, but I guess religious leaders have abused their positions more times than any of us care to remember.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
I like police men and women. They have an honorable and dangerous job. Many of them take their power very seriously and respect what they do and have earned our thanks and trust.
Yet to be our best is something for us all to strive towards. If we fall short then so be it, but we have to at least shoot for the higher callings of our natures. That makes the world a better place and pushes it and us forward.
I feel so much less safe with so many cops. Yet they are simply doing the job they have been asked to do- even when they pull us over like it’s July 4th with lights flashing. A few weeks ago I was driving on Route 9 heading south around 11pm when two police cruisers rolled up quickly behind me as if they were bored and only keeping busy. I was nervous they were going to pull me over though I was doing the speed limit. Instead they pulled over an older model Nissan needing a little body work done. That guy was doing the speed limit too.
Obviously this is a way to make more money for the state after property taxes and states taxes and county taxes and 8% local sales taxes have dried up. And now there is a driving tax with lights and intimidation.
Around here I see a cop every mile or two. When I’ve been out west or deep into New England I’ve gone hours or days without seeing a cop.
Lastly, I see “Work Zone” signs all of the time, yet often see no work being done. Often orange cones sit passively without a road worker for miles. A work zone consists of actual work with actual men and women. Orange cones don’t work.
I’m saying we all need to try harder to be our best, to make this country better. It is too easy for laws to be passed that do not move us forward and instead manipulate the public. It appears easier to be our worst, but it eats at our country and us as individuals, like a virus. I am a fool hearty idealist, I know. It’s all I can be.
What are your thoughts on seeing more police driving the roads or work zones with no work? Please comment below.