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Letter to the editor: Are Fort Wayne police above the law?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:01 am

I’ve finally decided to say something about a disturbing trend I’ve noticed in Fort Wayne over the past couple of years on my semi-annual trips to visit relatives: The Fort Wayne police apparently believe they are above the law when driving their squad cars.

Over this period of time, I have personally witnessed them driving way over the speed limit without any lights flashing, blowing past red lights — again with no lights flashing — turning from other than in a turn lane in front of other drivers, and on July 3 at about 3 p.m. I saw a squad car drive through a stop sign onto Broadway right in front of us.

What the hell is going on in Fort Wayne? I can tell you we wouldn’t put up with that in Texas.

My relatives tell me they have personally followed squad cars at 70 mph on highway 3 in the 45 mph zone just to find out how fast they were going, and once saw a squad car turn on its lights to get through a red light only to get in line at an adjacent Starbucks.

Don’t the laws in Indiana apply to everyone? Aren’t the police supposed to set an example? If they can do it, why can’t I?

And most importantly, doesn’t someone review the GPS data on squad cars to monitor this situation and make sure that the police are following Indiana traffic laws?

If not, I would certainly suggest that it is time to do so.

Vincent Page

Pattison, Texas