Bill Proposes More Authority For Officers Responding To Wrecks

Posted on: 6:01 pm, February 14, 2014, by

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-If you don’t see it, you can’t cite it. By and large, that’s the code law enforcement officers in Alabama must abide by when arriving at the scene of a wreck. But now state lawmakers are pushing to change the law so officers can have more leeway.

Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) is sponsoring House Bill 368, which would remove the “Don’t See, Don’t Cite” requirement. Ball said current statutes help traffic violators avoid arrest on even the most obvious offenses, ranging from running a stop sign to driving without insurance or with a revoked license.

“As a police officer, a lot of times you feel ridiculous not writing a citation for some of these obvious violations,” said Ball, a former Alabama State Trooper. “Even though it didn’t occur in your presence you’ve got a lot of evidence that a violation has occurred…even the violators are surprised that they wouldn’t get a ticket at a wreck.”

A DUI violation is the only traffic offense currently exempt from “Don’t See, Don’t Cite” statutes.

Ball’s bill passed the Alabama House on Thursday, and now awaits a vote in the Senate. The State Troopers Association has endorsed the legislation.

12 comments

  • Nuclear Mike says:

    This is a very bad propsoed change to the law allowing law enforcement in the field to easli overstep their rightful place in enforcing the laws…VERY BAD!

    • Obama Lies says:

      Are you people even reading the article? It’s when an Officer pulls up to a wreck. Let me know how you feel the next time you get into a wreck and an unlicensed, suspended, revoked driver hits you and the only ticket they can get is for uninsured motorist. As for the so called corruption that Tim writes (poor spelling and grammer not withstanding) you don’t know where or what that Officer is responding to. It sounds to me like Tim got a speeding ticket and is still pissed off about it. Hey Tim, when there is an active shooter or a person with a gun I’ll bet your the first one running the other way, pissing your pants along the way. It’s our men and women who put their lives on the line each day to protect others.

      • Tim says:

        Excuses ! @ Obama lies, aka ( grammer cop ) sounds like you are part of the corruption. BTW have not had a ticket in 2 decades. LE needs more accountability not authority….

  • Branko Pezdi says:

    What this bill does is open the floodgates for all kinds of abuse by corrupt cops.

  • soildergirl says:

    This is not going to work.

  • Tim says:

    Mr Ball, Athough this may seem like a good idea in theory its really just another avenue to get into a citizens wallet. So cut the crap about how ridiculous an officer must feel for not writing a citation.. We have many good officers out there that really do a great job , but we have alot of corruption as well.. When any cop breaks traffic laws without cause and while not acting under 32-5a-7 they are ingaging in corruption.. I see this kind of corruption on a daily basis, so do you if you drive anywhere..
    A few years ago a state trooper killed a man and his wife somewhere around Athens while responding to an accident with minor injuries ( going over 100 mph ) last week I observed a Morgan co deputy pull out of walmart in south huntsville , They sped all the way out of town atleast 15 mph over limit , crossed the bridge on 231 and pulled over the first speeder to come over the bridge.. Sheriff Franklin , you should be proud ! I could go on and on and on.. Bottom line is get the corruption cleaned up first then come up with some freash ideas that might actually work and not just be a new line of revenue. Mr Ball you should feel ridiculous for sponsering this bill. Anybody that buys this line of crap your trying to sell as something good is not paying attention… Have a nice day !!!

  • Tim says:

    Mr Ball, Athough this may seem like a good idea in theory its really just another avenue to get into a citizens wallet. So cut the crap about how ridiculous an officer must feel for not writing a citation.. We have many good officers out there that really do a great job , but we have alot of corruption as well.. When any cop breaks traffic laws without cause and while not acting under 32-5a-7 they are ingaging in corruption.. I see this kind of corruption on a daily basis, so do you if you drive anywhere..
    A few years ago a state trooper killed a man and his wife somewhere around Athens while responding to an accident with minor injuries ( going over 100 mph ) last week I observed a Morgan co deputy pull out of walmart in south huntsville , They sped all the way out of town atleast 15 mph over limit , crossed the bridge on 231 and pulled over the first speeder to come over the bridge.. Sheriff Franklin , you should be proud ! I could go on and on and on.. Bottom line is get the corruption cleaned up first then come up with some freash ideas that might actually work and not just be a new line of revenue. Mr Ball you should feel ridiculous for sponsering this bill. Anybody that buys this line of crap your trying to sell as something good is not paying attention.

  • Tim says:

    Mr Ball, Athough this may seem like a good idea in theory its really just another avenue to get into a citizens wallet. So cut the cr*p about how rediculous an officer must feel for not writing a citation.. We have many good officers out there that really do a great job , but we have alot of corruption as well.. When any cop breaks traffic laws without cause and while not acting under 32-5a-7 they are ingaging in corruption.. I see this kind of corruption on a daily basis, so do you if you drive anywhere..
    A few years ago a state trooper killed a man and his wife somewhere around Athens while responding to an accident with minor injuries ( going over 100 mph ) last week I observed a Morgan co deputy pull out of walmart in south huntsville , They sped all the way out of town atleast 15 mph over limit , crossed the bridge on 231 and pulled over the first speeder to come over the bridge.. Sheriff Franklin , you should be proud ! I could go on and on and on.. Bottom line is get the corruption cleaned up first then come up with some freash ideas that might actually work and not just be a new line of revenue. Mr Ball you should feel rediculous for sponsering this bill. Anybody that buys this line your trying to sell as something good is not paying attention… Have a nice day !!!

  • David says:

    If you are struck by a foreigner without a license, police will still collect YOUR insurance information and drivers license number. This should be changed. When unlicensed, uninsured foreigners are involved in accidents, they should NOT be given the tools with which to sue their victims.

  • gomez says:

    obey the law and YOU have no problem!

    • Michael says:

      There are over 40,000 estimated laws in the United States (not even counting Alabama state laws). Do you know them all? That’s why your statement may not be as cut and dry as you want it to be.

  • Michael says:

    We just proved troopers could respond to a minor wreck by driving over 100 MPH, kill 2 people along the way, and get away with it. Yet they need MORE leeway?

    Of course Ball, being a former trooper, just wants to help his buddies gain more power. I love my conservative brethren around here, but why do so many of us claim to not trust the government but put so much trust in the police force (the front line of the government)?

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