Letter: What does the sign say? Stop!

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  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Dec. 3, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    The law doesn’t state you have to stop for 3 seconds.

    I saw a a judge dismiss a ticket where the cop cited the driver for not coming to a stop for three seconds.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    In Salt Lake's Lower Avenues, Stop signs are only a casual suggestion, not a law.

  • Don Bixby Centerville, UT
    Dec. 3, 2017 7:47 a.m.

    It comes down to whether the behavior is malum prohibitum or malum in se. That is, it is only wrong because the law says it is wrong vs. being wrong due some inherent natural or moral issue. For example, there is nothing inherently wrong with hanging out at a park after dark, but it is prohibited most places. There's nothing wrong with a rolling stop as long as you don't hit someone or cut them off (as evidenced by the many intersections with a yield sign or no sign that have no problems). There is naturally something amiss with driving 75 through a residential neighborhood (for a variety of reasons) or driving drunk or texting while driving, so you shouldn't do it whether or not there is a law against it. In some cities late at night you don't stop at red lights, because your moral duty to protect yourself against being attacked overrides the malum prohibitum requirement to stop at the red light even though no one is coming the other way. Why do we occasionally only pause at a stop sign? If it isn't malum in se, there's no internal imperative - no natural law.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 2, 2017 6:51 p.m.

    Cops must do as directed by their superiors. They are employees just like any other employee in any other job. Their job is to keep the peace and provide a suitable environment for business operations. When ask/told to perform legal and accepted actions, that emphasize a certain part of the job, the employee has the option of compliance or resignation.

    It is wrong for the government of a society to profit from the allowance or promotion of sin, illegal activity, or any harmful activity that does harm to the people of the society.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Dec. 2, 2017 6:14 p.m.

    Police Chief told me, "If you are doing your job you can easily write 25 tickets in a shift."

    I easily wrote 25 tickets a shift for several weeks and created a public outrage.

    Do you really want cops to do their job?