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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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      guillermoram1254
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what else is new? Some cops throughout the country think that a badge puts them above the law. If it wasn't for being able to be cops, these people would be drinking in an alley or some street corner. Some of these people do not have the intelligence to do anything else!!!
      JAMES
      • 2 Years Ago
      Try driving through Estelline Texas where you have a 'bully boy' cop breaking the law.
        YRMA!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JAMES
        Very true with the so-called 'cop' in Estelline.
      rrioa6027
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most cops are nothing more than gangsters thugs
      • 2 Years Ago
      just another dirty cop doing something else illegal, their all losers any way. they get off on99% of all the wrong they do, what a shame. they are a disgrace to their race, law enforcementand their country.
        • 2 Years Ago
        City near me, 4am, chief of police, stripper in passenger seat, so drunk he is driving on rims, trail of sparks. He gets pulled over, they give him a ride home!! He blames it on prescription medicine. Of course he resigns, but only because the media exposes it. They are above the law. Its us against them, and they think we are all criminals.
      Gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same as not turning on there turn siginals. It's OK for them not use there turn siginals but if we forgot to turn ours on we get a ticket .
        jlencap
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gary
        Check out south Florida. The only ones who use turn signals are people who are visiting from other states. Coming from the northeast, where it is the law to signal before turning I find it really aggravates me to have someone change three lanes on the highway yet never signal. It just is not enforced. You could add additional police to specifically enforce traffic violations and I bet they would pay for their wages and benefits in less than 6 months.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Bad boyz, bad boyz, whatcha gonna do. Whatch gonna do, when we come fo you"?
      • 2 Years Ago
      All of you idiots beating on cops are the first ones to cry when you need one, eat ****.
        stick4013
        • 2 Years Ago
        I dont - I dont need you. I can take care of my own. You just get in my way. It is public record and on the front page of the newspaper.
        O'Hannah Dad
        • 2 Years Ago
        Most cops (when called) arrive after the fact. It's not their fault. It takes time to respond to and travel to a distress call. Off duty cops speeding for no reason can only be reguarded as a crime. Even on duty cops speeding to a 911 call is at least questionable. Why should a high speeding police car;...under ANY circumstance;....be acceptable. Should a police car doing 90mph, risk other citizens well being to respond to (ex), a domestic disturbance? Why would off duty cops drive at excessive high speeds? Just because someone "might" need a cop, does this mean that cops have the right to drive at extremely high & dangerous speeds whenever they choose? They get paid (by us) to be there if called. Unnecessary high speeding patrol cars is NOT part of the job.
        ticknert2
        • 2 Years Ago
        Piss off.
      ImportantFacts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Frequently you will find sherrif's deputies as well as HyPo and other law enforcement doing the same here in North Carolina. When I see it, I call in the squard car to the highway patrol. (I block my number, of course). The last time I reported one of these low-educated a ss holes, I said, "if I can't drive 90, then neither can he!"
      • 2 Years Ago
      Around here, if you are related to a policeman you are free to speed and guaranteed not to get a ticket. All you have to do is show "the card." Why is this privilege extended to our police departments? I understand this is the case in most every state. "We stick together" is the motto.
      PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM
      • 2 Years Ago
      power corrupts
      Sharon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Law enforcement leaders need to make it clear to all employees that off-duty vehicle privileges are a real perk and that any abuse or misuse of vehicles at tax-payer expense will not be tolerated and will result in either restrictions of or revocation of those privileges.
      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.
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