Originally Posted by ibAdam
Seriously thought isn't riding on the sidewalk illegal. I know it's not a big deal but it's this small sh#t that makes me mad. Cops are suppose to uphold the law, they aren't above it (I understand that legally at times they are). I have a co-worker that thinks it's funny how she can speed in the carpool lane while driving by herself hear in Cali. All because her hubby is a Chipper. She gets pulled over and no more than a minute later she gets let go.
Reference your first question, about upholding the law and riding on the sidewalk and all that... in my state, emergency vehicles are totally exempt from motor vehicle code whether we're using lights/siren or not. We drive the wrong way on one-way streets, bust traffic lights and stop signs, go up over curbs and whatnot all the time during patrol and while responding to calls.
The public oftentimes get the wrong idea when they see this sort of behavior. It's our fault that we don't better educate people as to why they sometimes see what they do. Folks wouldn't mind so much if they just knew why.
The latter scenario you're talking about, however, that's plain wrong. Cops and cops' spouses shouldn't think they get a free pass in their personal vehicles just because of who they are.
Now I'm going to be brutally honest with you. Have I ever been given a break? Yep, more than once. A cop recognized me or I had to break out my ID because I had a gun in the console of my truck where my papers were, etc., but I don't go looking for special consideration. And if I give an off duty cop an occasional break, it's nothing I don't do on a regular basis for members of the public. I have a boatload of citizen contacts each month, but I don't write all that many tickets anymore.