Mar 13, 2016 by

Claudia Castillo just wanted to ask if there was an emergency situation that made it necessary for a police officer operating a Miami-Dade police squad car to speed. She asked him to pull over and then lectured him on the safety of responsible driving.

This was the scene that was captured in three cellular phone videos that were posted on video-sharing website Youtube on Jan. 29, 2016 by Castillo, who said she was the one taking the video and driving the vehicle that stopped the police squad car, much like a routine Miami traffic stop.

Castillo claimed the police officer was speeding “since Miller Drive when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto…you were pushing 90 miles an hour”.

The Sun Sentinel, the main daily newspaper of Broward County in Florida, received a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for its investigative expose of speeding police officers using electronic-tolling data; journalists were able to find out that some off-duty squad cars regularly zoom along highways at 130 mph.

Attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that speeding, or driving past the designated speed limit in a certain area and “committing a combination of moving traffic offenses”, is a dangerous road behavior that should be immediately curtailed, for doing so along roads and highways is tantamount to putting one’s life, and potentially the lives of other motorists, in danger.

Some states have taken precautions to prevent speeding and aggressive driving activities from proliferating by instituting laws that would penalize such actions, which include failure to yield, following too closely, improper passing, and red light running, among others.

Automated enforcement is also a good way of reducing speeding incidents. Some states have installed red light cameras to be able to pinpoint who have been violating speeding laws.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there had been 9,262 individuals whose lives were claimed in speeding-related accidents in 2014, making it 28% of the fatalities in vehicular crashes in that year.

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