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Sunday, September 09, 2012

No tickets for city employees caught by red light cameras

If you're driving through Rochester, New York, and your vehicle happens to get tagged by a red light camera, you are expected to pay the $50 fine. Only city employees are allowed to ignore traffic signals.

Over the last year-and-a-half, government employees driving city vehicles committed at least 119 red light violations. A third of those involved police department vehicles, one of which belongs to the chief of police. No matter. According to official city policy, "payment of the related fine will not be required."

This is rather odd, considering the RPD's devotion to "Policing in the Spirit of Service":
Embracing a philosophy of Policing in the Spirit of Service represents the Rochester Police Department's commitment to consistently provide excellent police services to all of the Rochester community. This commitment requires every employee to strive for excellence, while demonstrating courtesy, professionalism and ethics. It is important to acknowledge that every interaction with the community has an impact not only on each individual employee's reputation, but on the reputation of the entire Rochester Police Department as well.
But seriously, traffic regulations apply only to mundane citizens. If you have a problem with that, then you just don't understand how things work.

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