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Investigations Reveal Police Speeding While Off Duty Common

The investigative news team at WKMG-TV in Orlando received tips that there were habitual speeders in the area, sometimes going in excess of 100 miles-per-hour, apparently getting off scott-free. Turns out there was a reason they weren't being ticketed oct prosecuted: they were off-duty police.

The investigators tracked suspected speeding cops heading to work, or leaving work to off-duty part-time jobs. After measuring the exact time it took law enforcers to travel the distances between toll plazas in July, Local 6 mapped those distances and created a computer database to isolate the most frequent and fastest speeders in police vehicles.

The results: Fourteen Orlando police vehicle not responding to a call were clocked at between 90 mph and 115 mph 37 times. Additionally, sixteen Orange County sherrif's deputies--also not being dispatched to a call--were driving between 90 and 109 mph some forty times that month.

Orlando police chief Paul Rooney, after being presented with the evidence, suspended one officer's take-home driving privileges (driving a police car him after shift) and placed eleven other officers under investigation. There are two additional officers the chief said he is trying to identify from the video surveillance.

Habitual speeding cases like this are not uncommon in police departments. But this sting carried out by WKMG-TV with such compelling video has a chance to resonate across the country to deter police from abusing authority when off duty.


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      Newte
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cops are sopose to be an example to the rest of us,,not flaunt being above the law
      efvann
      • 2 Years Ago
      And now WKMG-TV will be the target.. at least all of it's employees. Low and slow, people.
      woodtoymaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is time people started turning these Gunhoe Cops in for their crazy actions on the road. You do not have to have a radar when your driving 65 M. P. H. and a Cop passes you and everything on the Freeway just to go get off of duty in Shasta Lake City. I have seen this so many times. How about the cop that drived 100 + M. P. H. down the Freeway and when you get to the next or two Exits down the road see him sitting on the side of the highway. that happens all the time on Intersate 5.
      cady00
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pigs are above the law in all they do. It's never going to change
      Sharon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a short blurb, not a full article, and in life these things don't matter, but it would only take re-reading this before posting to see the errors and correct them!
      Queen Lorraine
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are four typos in this article. Do you guys proof-read your articles before you send them out on the internet? I am not a cop-hater but there are a lot of cops where I live that think they're "Big Willie" because they have a badge, gun and handcuffs. That doesn't impress me or intimidate me but it does a lot of people. I have heard cops threaten people with arrest because they're talking while the cop is talking. Or talking to someone else. Or doing something small at the scene like voicing their opinion or laughing. I've seen cops pull u-turns just to do it, turn on their siren to go through a yellow light or a stop sign and turn it off when they got through it. They park in hadicapped parking spots, fire lanes, double park, block driveways....all without responding to a scene. They're at the grocery store, drug store, talking to each other in their cruisers, coffee shop etc. Let someone else do it and we'd get in trouble but they can do it. They should be setting the example, not creating it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Queen Lorraine
        Great! I agree with you, I had a situation recently, when a guy was put in handcuffs in front of his house, because a criminal made a false complain! When I told the cops waht was really going on, they were nasty try to boss me around until I told them what will do my lawier with them if they do not chill out and respect the law! Bullies!!!
        msm0207
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Queen Lorraine
        Lorraine, if what you say is true, time for changes WHERE YOU LIVE. I'll bet you're doing something small at the scene is loud disrespect. Gosh, if a homie were nearby, that could get you killed (dissing). I grew up in a big city, worked in LA, live in the OC. I don't see much of what you are speaking of at all. I do see stupid people driving fast through parking lots, talking on their cell phones, tailgating, speeding in an unsafe manner. Hmmmm.
      cmax383666
      • 2 Years Ago
      A patrol should not not be speeding at all with out some sort of light on.This happens in every state.
      Hitmanblues
      • 2 Years Ago
      Florida cops are notorious for telling lies also
      Adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a YT video I compiled of deputies habitually running the stop sign in front of my home. It got the attention of the State Troopers, who monitor the site, and started patrolling the intersection (because the local Sheriff was obviously incompetent).
      myadreplies
      • 2 Years Ago
      As Ive been told by some lawyers, after asking them questions about police......the "police" are in name only, they are really the new "legalized" mafia. And so far, I have not seen anything contrary to this fact.
      alamo46th
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leave the cops alone, Its a with hunt
      joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      whoever wrote this article needs a bit more practice.
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