by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Durham, NC — The Durham Sheriff took to Twitter recently to brag about the department’s new “ghost” cars and how they are intentionally hard to see because of the low profile graphics and hidden lights. The reason this car will be hard to see, according to the sheriff, is so they can better catch citizens who dare to break traffic laws. Because many of these laws involve extorting citizens for crimes which have no victim, the sheriff has been put on blast by the Twitter community.
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Check out the newest edition to our fleet. This “ghost” car will be used by our #CommunityPolicing & traffic unit. W/ its low profile graphics you’ll never see it coming, especially at night. Make sure you’re not speeding, wear your seatbelt, and stay sober behind the wheel. pic.twitter.com/t1Mp8AGK3C
— Durham Sheriff (@DurhamSheriff) January 13, 2021
The department bragged about literally hiding from the citizens they claim to protect and serve. What does it say about a public servants who don’t want to be seen in order to catch people breaking the law. If they truly cared about keeping the citizens safe, wouldn’t they make the most visible cars possible.
When someone sees a police cruiser, they tend to drive safe, not speed, buckle up and obey the law. Hiding from the public so they break these laws shows that it is not about getting people to stop breaking the laws, it’s about letting them break the law so police can then extort them.
In the land of the free, millions of traffic tickets are issued each year in which people are issued a threat of extortion for any number of arbitrary and victimless infractions. In fact an average of 125,000 people in the U.S. receives a traffic citation every day — more than one every single second. The average extortion fee will cost you around $150, but in some states a driver can be fined up to $2000 or more depending on the offense and the state laws. Given that many of these fines are for infractions which have no victim, it is literal highway robbery.
A traffic ticket can ruin anyone’s day, and in some instances end their life. Given the sheer number of traffic citations issued every day, one would think that this may have some effect on safety but it does not. Traffic violations remain constant, regardless of police issuing fines. The fact is that cops need you to break traffic laws as it is a means of supporting themselves.
The total number of speeding tickets paid each year is $6,232,000,000 which breaks down to around $300,000 generated per police officer for speeding alone. Tack on seat belt violations, license plate lights, window tint, rolling stop signs, and expired state-mandated documents and that number sky rockets.