When the police get entrepreneurial

The economic slowdown so often portrayed as a recession is pressuring tax revenues at every level of government. Hal Morris, the Grumpy Editor, warns of a possible wave of revenue enhancement efforts, citing a Chicago police plan:As if designing a new aircraft, officials have determined speed and stopping distance in their model.  The plan is for a plainclothes officer to cross the street as a vehicle approaches from 140 feet away.  That, they add, is an adequate stopping distance based on the 30 m.p.h. speed limit on most streets.A fellow police officer down the street will pull over non-stop-for-pedestrian drivers.Initially, drivers who fail to give the right-of-way to the "pedestrians" will be issued warnings, reports the Chicago Tribune, adding "real tickets will follow as the campaign expands to other locations."The police deny any predatory motives, claiming legitimate law enforcement intent. The fact that they are starting with citations lends...(Read Full Post)