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Serve and Protect

calrugerfancalrugerfan Member Posts: 18,209
edited October 2013 in General Discussion
During my whole flat tire fiasco, a Wyoming State Trooper stopped to help. I felt like he took the "serve and protect" seriously.

Sadly, I don't see that attitude as often here in California. I can't tell you how many times I've watched cops (state and local alike) drive right past disabled vehicles. Dark, raining, pulled off in a bad spot, it makes no difference. They drive right by.

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    11BravoCrunchie11BravoCrunchie Member Posts: 33,423 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Unfortunately, it gets into the "sue-happy" mentality, and the departments' desire to protect themselves against unnecessary law suits.

    Even if the officer has the best of the public at heart, if anything happens because the officer was there, a large portion of the public will sue the department for damages because "it was the officer's fault."

    So, as a result, many departments implement policies that prevent the officers from helping stranded motorists.
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    jev1969jev1969 Member Posts: 2,691
    edited November -1
    On the NY State Thruway the Troopers can't help without risk of getting in trouble. If you have a flat and they assist you with it the contracted wrecker company will complain. A trooper buddy said if he wants to help someone with a flat he has to hurry and hope a wrecker driver doesn't go by.
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    AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 15,093 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    SOP was to stop at any vehicle on the shoulder of the road. However assisting a motorist as previously stated will get you in trouble if a tow company sees and complains.

    In the days before cell phones and hiway help phones, it served a purpose. Now-a-days It is just a source of complaints.
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    nards444nards444 Member Posts: 3,994 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by jev1969
    On the NY State Thruway the Troopers can't help without risk of getting in trouble. If you have a flat and they assist you with it the contracted wrecker company will complain. A trooper buddy said if he wants to help someone with a flat he has to hurry and hope a wrecker driver doesn't go by.


    Ive had the county mountied stop and ask a few times
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    eastbankeastbank Member Posts: 4,215
    edited November -1
    i have AAA plus coverage. according to garp.
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    NOAHNOAH Member Posts: 9,690
    edited November -1
    Will they shoot the dog[:0][}:)]
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    Winston BodeWinston Bode Member Posts: 1,628 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I stopped to help an older gentleman change a tire one day. He was very apologetic that he needed help. He went on to explain he was a 33 year retired Chicago officer. He said a bad guy stabbed a switch blade through his hand causing nerve damage which resulted in some loss of use in his hand. I was glad I stopped to help him. He told some good stories while I changed the tire.
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    Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 39,607 ***** Forums Admin
    edited November -1
    Well in Washington they would have give you an overweight ticket.
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    calrugerfancalrugerfan Member Posts: 18,209
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Horse Plains Drifter
    Well in Washington they would have give you an overweight ticket.


    Is that a fat joke? [;)]
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    Dyer_MakerDyer_Maker Member Posts: 1,018
    edited November -1
    Were not to change tires, jump start cars or pop locks due to liability. I still change tires and jump start cars. I was never good at popping locks so I just don't.
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    Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 39,607 ***** Forums Admin
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by calrugerfan
    quote:Originally posted by Horse Plains Drifter
    Well in Washington they would have give you an overweight ticket.


    Is that a fat joke? [;)]
    Uh no, just that during your ordeal, you stated that the trailer was grossly overloaded.[;)]
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    jltrentjltrent Member Posts: 9,243 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I'd help and I am not a cop.

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    spasmcreekspasmcreek Member Posts: 37,717 ✭✭✭
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    partisanpartisan Member Posts: 6,414
    edited November -1
    Yeah. In the olden days every Florida State Trooper would stop and help anybody on the side of the road. Those days are long gone.[:(]
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    Sooeyman2035Sooeyman2035 Member Posts: 3,226
    edited November -1
    I would think that a tow company would not complain about LEO's assisting motorists more than once.
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    austin20austin20 Member Posts: 35,294 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Sooeyman2035
    I would think that a tow company would not complain about LEO's assisting motorists more than once.
    [;)]
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    MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,885 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Best/most beneficial assistance I've received during a roadside emergency was from a Colorado highway dept employee and he didn't even get out of his truck. Only downside was a trooper heard the radio call and couldn't resist showing up to hassle me.
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    calrugerfancalrugerfan Member Posts: 18,209
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Horse Plains Drifter
    quote:Originally posted by calrugerfan
    quote:Originally posted by Horse Plains Drifter
    Well in Washington they would have give you an overweight ticket.


    Is that a fat joke? [;)]
    Uh no, just that during your ordeal, you stated that the trailer was grossly overloaded.[;)]


    I know. I'm just messing with you. Although, I'm not sure personal trailers have the same restrictions as far as weight. I was loaded past what the axels and tires were rated for but I don't know if that constitutes breaking the law. It probably varies state to state.
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