The chances of being killed on the job being in the army reserve is much higher than a teacher. Same goes for police officer, firemen, etc. Yeah I think they deserve a ticket.
I am not trying to make this an arguement over who deserves it more. I have no problems with military personnel, first responders and even teachers getting free tickets. However, if you are giving a profession that is pretty much a desk job like teachers, then what about me who also has a desk job but in the private sector?
Again this is on the Devils to explain this to me, not teachers.
Maybe it's because, overall, teachers are underpaid and cops are paid fairly well in this state. Not to mention police and fire unions are some of the strongest in the nation and certainly this state, as no one has the balls to say their pensions are nuts. I'd love to get a cop's salary and pension where they bump your salary up the last few years to get you extra $$. Hell, I'd take getting a gun pointed at me for it too, maybe even on a regular basis. My town has 26 cops and 0 crime, Hunterdon County's(where I live) featured fugitive last week was some 5'4" chick who skipped her pre-trial intervention bullsh!t on a narcotics charge. These people are getting paid $80-100k to track down people like that???? This state WASTES money on police like nobody's business. I'd do it for half the pay and it'd still be a waste of money. They don't need extra help unless they're the poor guys getting stuck working in Newark, Trenton, Camden, AC or other such places where they get paid like teachers and actually do encounter dangerous situations.
Then the ridiculously inconsistent application of the law based on who you are is too much for me to be able to respect the organization. Not just because they're police, but because it's asinine. Any reason why municipal vehicles in the towns near me don't get ticketed for never having been inspected? Yet I get pulled over every 3 days for not wearing a damn seatbelt or because my tail light goes out occasionally until I kick it and then they get fed bs to intimidate me...know how many times I've heard, "I'm gonna call the K9 unit" just because I said there's no way you are searching my car without a warrant, especially when I'm not even getting pulled over for a moving violation. I can't take police seriously when they don't take their job seriously, the job of protecting citizen's rights and not the us vs them game they all seem to be playing. They also commit just as many violent crimes as the general population, or at least did so in the year 2010, yet they almost never are prosecuted and even fewer convicted. Why are they held on high? I do not get it, at all. Not trying to bash cops, I just think they're nothing to praise anymore than a regular person. There's nice cops and a$$hole cops, as there is in any organization, but the inconsistency is too much to ignore for me.
If cops deserve a ticket, everyone on the planet deserves a free ticket imo.
Edited by ATLL765, 14 January 2014 - 04:33 PM.