From: Ed Treijs on
On Jul 27, 10:46 pm, Tegger <inva...(a)> wrote:

> Plus one city is using the standard Crown Vic, but with a taxi-light on the
> roof! It doesn't say "TAXI" though, it just has a big phone-number. You
> need to get up close before you see that, in /very/ small letters above the
> phone-number, it says "POLICE". And the phone-number is that of the local
> cops.

My friend who drove taxi in Toronto years ago always speculated that a
taxi-appearing cop car would be the hot ticket for giving out tickets.
(Ever mix with a pack of taxis racing south on Yonge St. back to
downtown at 2 AM to pick up more clubland fares? 90 km/h south of St.
From: Hachiroku ハチロク on
On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:32:57 -0700, johninky wrote:

> Around these parts about 10 years ago the local police used a white
> Trans Am. Finally had to retire it because many women complained
> about it not looking like a cop car.

They wanted a ride without being incarcerated?

From: "nobody >" on
On 7/28/2010 6:14 PM, Steve W. wrote:
> John wrote:
>> On 7/27/2010 9:22 PM, Hachiroku $B%O%A%m%/(B wrote:
>>> Over the years I have seen the Ct State police use just about anything
>>> for
>>> an unmarked car, the usual Crown Vics, an occasional Chevy Impala of one
>>> vintage or another. In the 80's they used Mustang 5.0s and Mazda MX6s for
>>> undercover work.
>>> Imagine my surprise when on a work trip to Hartford today I see a car
>>> pulled over just outside of Enfield, with another car behind it. I didn't
>>> notice the first car because of the second car. Then I saw the blue
>>> uniform writing a ticket...
>>> In one of these...
>> Nice, I'd call that a bait car for racing.
>> I recall on 128 the MA state police used, of all things, a red ford
>> panel van. Funniest thing to see a mustang pulled over with a red van
>> behind it with a cop writing a ticket. The only give-away were the
>> blues in the grill. They also had a blacked out Ford Probe GT.
>> Also, in Billings/southern Montana they had late 90s Z28 camaros. The
>> speed limit at that time during the day was "reasonable and prudent"
>> Apparently they needed the Z28s to enforce prudent.
> NY bought a bunch of Camaros and Mustangs as "pursuit" vehicles. I think
> that there is only one left in the fleet now. Most of them were wrecked
> by the guys who thought that they knew how to drive them at over 100 mph!!

Seattle PD had similar experiences with the SVO Mustangs about 20 years
ago. I was repairing (and sometimes installing) 2-way gear and such and
got to drive one of them around the block to the back shop lot and found
it would hit 80+ in a block....

There was one wrecked one we had to pull the radios out of that kinda
resembled the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. Seattle's not as hilly as
Frisco, but we do have a few goodies downtown. Think Steve McQueen and
the "Bullit" movie; the accident investigators figure he hit the
intersection of 4th Ave and Marion St at better than 100 mph uphill and
flew over 250 feet horizontally and about 50 feet vertically (at the top
of the arc) before coming down nose-first.

Speaking of Montana's "prudent", I grew up there. Back in the late 60's
and early 70's "prudent" was up to the individual officer's judgment. I
had a very heavy foot (still do)and learned that if they came after you
with the lights blazing (even if there was no chance in hell the could
catch you), slow down and pull over. They'd do a quick eval to see if
you were impaired (but not a full fledged DUI-type test) and if your car
looked to be in condition to handle the speed they clocked you at.
If 'in their judgment' you and your car checked out OK, you might get
the 5 minute lecture. If you started talking "car talk", that usually
resulted in popping the hood open and BSing for a few minutes longer
and do the "spit on the pipes" bonding ritual. No tickets that way.

Unless you pulled over or slowed way down, it would be a long chase.
Unless you just couldn't see the gumball machine behind you because of
the terrain, they'd be just a tad bit pissed at you when they finally
got you pulled over if it took 10 miles to catch up to you...
(and that was only if they had one of their "extreme" pursuit packages)
I got one ticket written up for 148 mph on the radar as a souvenir, with
VOIDED BY OFFICER across it, I wish I could find it.
From: cuhulin on
Speaking of Montana, I lived in Bozeman,Montana in 1956.Beautiful
Country (Wyoming too) up there, but it does get a mite chilly in the
Winter time.
Didn't Montana used to have no speed limit not many years ago?

From: anniejrs on
On Jul 28, 6:40 am, Clive <cl...(a)> wrote:
> In message <i2parn$2p...(a)>, C. E. White
> <cewhi...(a)> writes>The Wake County NC Sheriff's Department has a Corvette they use. I have seen
> >it pull over a car. It was a drug seizure. I persoanlly think the Sheriff
> >should be voted out of office for keeping it. In theory it should have been
> >sold the Corvette and turned the money over to the local school system (NC
> >rule). Instead the Sheriff kept the Corvette and uses it as a play toy. I've
> >never like the idea that law enforcement can sieze things becasue of some
> >hypothetical connection to a crime, and this case is, at least in my mind,
> >especially disgusting.
> I suppose it's like that little town called "Bell?" You've got there
> where the chief honcho gets $788,000 per annum.   (Twice the Presidents
> $400,000). Apparently they can set their own pay in closed session and
> no one knows what they are paid apart from their pension company.   Was
> on our programme called "Newsnight" national news last night.
> --
> Clive

I'll bet that goes on a lot more than we know.