Today's cranky commuter topic -- when the police don't follow traffic laws.
A lot of readers say they get angry when they see a squad car blowing through a red light, without using his sirens. I've also gotten several reader letters about illegal parking when the officers are not responding to an emergency, but going to breakfast. Why is this OK? Aren't police officers, like parents, supposed to set a good example for us civilians?
Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Monique Bond explained to me that officers are exempt from traffic rules like stopping at red lights and stop signs when they're on duty, because they're on patrol and have to keep moving. "For a number of reasons tactically, they should be mobile and continuing to move whenever necessary," Bond said. She said even when it's not an obvious emergency which requires sirens and lights, patrol cars are constantly hearing calls over their radios, and need to move quickly.
Bond said patrol cars aren't supposed to do anything that would impede public safety, like parking at fire hydrants.
What do you think? Should the police be allowed to disregard stop signs when they're on patrol, as long as they're safe about it?