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Posted: 2/10/2006 10:04:58 AM EDT
on FX there was a deputy that was responding to a call to try to search for escaped inmates from a county jail, they were approaching a train crossing with gates down, the unit in front of them drove around lowered gates and then the narrating unit drove around also.

They had their lights on but why would an LEO drive around a lowered crossing gate? This is illegal right?

FWIW, it was Hillsborough County(FL) Sheriff's Office

(This was not meant to be a LEO bashing thread but I'm just amazed and shocked that a cop would do this.)
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:06:41 AM EDT
Those trains better respect his authority!
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:08:27 AM EDT
The brakes on a train work better when the red and blinkies are up ahead.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:08:43 AM EDT
What's wrong with that? I do that about once a month since the damn things break so often.z
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:13:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:
This is illegal right?



Yeah. So is crossing an intersection against the Red light, and speeding.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:13:46 AM EDT
It is my understanding that cops can do anything as long as they have their blue/red lights on
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:15:29 AM EDT
Obviously they drove around it to get to the other side. Duh
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:16:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Pangea:
Those trains better respect his authority!



YEAH!
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:22:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
The brakes on a train work better when the red and blinkies are up ahead.


Really?

I do know that cops can run lights with the overheads on, I've even seen ambulances jump medians to get to the other side to the road cause the a-holes that are traveling in the same direction the ambulance is in won't pull over.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:27:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
The brakes on a train work better when the red and blinkies are up ahead.


Really?



Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:31:02 AM EDT
Don't worry if the cop gets flattened by the train, somehow they will make it out to where the train was speeding, the conducter was on meth and the train had faulty brakes.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:32:07 AM EDT
In most states it is perfectly legal for police in emergency situations (sometimes just on patrol) to disregard traffic control laws. Of course, it's their responsibility to do it safely. If he would have gotten hit, it would have been his fault. Same with running a red light, it's legal, but if there is an accident, it would be his fault.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:32:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sd_Kfz_182:
Don't worry if the cop gets flattened by the train, somehow they will make it out to where the train was speeding, the conducter was on meth and the train had faulty brakes.


He didn't get flattened. He got around, also the Caprice unit in front of him, then turned around, drove past the crossing(gates up this time) and then on to a location where the escapees were at.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 10:52:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DasBoot305:
Same with running a red light, it's legal, but if there is an accident, it would be his fault.

- This is highly situation-dependent. If we clear an intersection through use of blue light/siren and get hit while going through in response to something, we typically arent held at fault. It is the responsibility of other drivers to yield right of way to blue lights/siren.
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