Traffic laws not enforced consistently

By Ryan Montcalm | Published Saturday, July 21, 2012

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I’ve long since given up trying to find the logic in the way the Decatur Police enforce traffic laws in this town.

I was stopped recently for going a few miles per hour over the speed limit on a desolate section of U.S. 81/287 Business. The officer was extremely rude and unreasonable. I told him I saw no logic in easily picking out speeders when basically nobody drives the speed limit on this particular stretch, and that I am an extremely safe driver. I told him we can watch speeders buzz up and down our small neighborhood street all day, constantly barreling through the three-way stop sign on our corner, and we have children on bicycles a lot of the time in our neighborhood. The policeman just casually shrugged it off, dismissing it as something of little importance. We’ve reported the corner numerous times.

One day not long ago, we were out front throwing the football when a lady barreled through the three-way stop in a big, brand new black Suburban. I’m usually very reserved, but this time I cracked. I screamed at her, “You’re supposed to stop at that stop sign!” She hung her head out the window and shouted, “It’s OK, I work for Judge Cude!” I nearly died. Needless to say, we will be moving out of Decatur the first chance we get.

Ryan Montcalm

2 Responses to “Traffic laws not enforced consistently”

  1. I find it amusing when people, “grownups” none the less, get caught breaking the law, and all they can respond with is pointing out everyone else who breaks the law. I received a ticket years ago in Roanoke TX for 5mph over the limit. I was angry, but after I had time to think about it, I ended up bring angry at myself. It sounds to me like you may have received the citation for your attitude after being stopped. I have always found the DPD to be very kind and hardworking individuals who take their job seriously. My suggestion: slow down. And if people speeding in your neighborhood are a problem, go to the city council. Or, just move.

  2. Johnna Sweet says:

    What I find amusing is that people think they can, while on the side of the road, lecture and, quite often, berate the officer who pulled them over and then get upset when he’s “rude and unreasonable.” Listen up, folks…the side of the road is NOT the place to plead your case. That’s what the courts are for. Sign the ticket…it’s not an admission of guilt, it’s just a promise to appear or otherwise dispose of the citation. Then you can plead your innocence before a judge. Don’t do it on the side of the road.


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