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Columbia Police Department plans special traffic detail for Thursday

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 4:11 p.m. CST; updated 4:27 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 17, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department will be especially attentive to traffic violators Thursday.

Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said Wednesday that four officers will be dedicated to looking for people speeding, driving without a seat belt, running red lights or committing other traffic violations. Those four officers will not be responding to other calls and will focus solely on these violations, Haden said.

The special traffic detail is designed to coincide with the state’s Occupant Protection Enforcement Day, Haden said. The day is part of a state program to encourage safer driving, and any extra cost the department incurs from the patrols will be paid for by a state grant.

“It’s not a law; it’s not an ordinance,” Haden said. “It’s not something that we have to do. We apply for the grant money for that because we want to participate.”

Haden said that even though the officers participating in the program will use their own discretion in whether to offer tickets or warnings, the point of the event is to encourage people to be safe while driving.

“If we have four traffic officers driving around all day tomorrow looking for drivers committing traffic violations, and they can’t find anyone because they’ve heard the word and they’re all driving legally and carefully," she said. "That will be a perfect day for us.”


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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 4:49 p.m.

This story should be the litmus test to see if the Trib commenters have truly migrated here yet. Minimum 30 comments if this were posted on the Trib.

Testing one, two, three...

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 5:16 p.m.

Here you go Herman and Clarence. Let me just go ahead and say what every one WOULD say if this were the Trib.

This is against my civil rights.
They shouldn't be able to do this with out a warrant.
Just wait until they can do blood tests with out a warrant (saw this on KOMU the other day.... surprised it didn't make the Trib.)
If it takes one drunk off the road, good job.
Darn Libs.
What does being a lib have to do with it?
I blame Demeret
I blame bicycles
I blame tasers.

There you go! Hope that counts for at least 10 comments!

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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 6:19 p.m.

I do like how they left open that the it's the officer's discretion to issue warnings. Since this is being payed for by grant money, they might not be using it as a revenue stream. Nothing wrong with that, if it's the truth, IMO.

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Steve Morris November 17, 2010 | 7:20 p.m.

Yep....we're pretty much all here, bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Actually, I should have been here long ago.

Thanks to the Missourian for having us...we are a rowdy but lovable bunch.

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Cora Mason November 17, 2010 | 7:22 p.m.

Amy, do I know you????

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 7:24 p.m.

Cora, your name doesn't ring a bell but on Trib I was comoreader30. How about you?

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Cora Mason November 17, 2010 | 7:33 p.m.

I was vsmurray...did we have a few go arounds, or did our comments never cross? It's kinda sad thay I don't remember who all tore me verbal new one. Teehee!

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Bill Fisher November 17, 2010 | 8:03 p.m.

Columbia PD shooting for quotas so early in the month? There must be an internal bet going on.

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Cora Mason November 17, 2010 | 8:04 p.m.

I meant that, not thay, over zealous pointer finger....

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Clarence Botticker November 17, 2010 | 8:05 p.m.

One by one we are all stumbling over to the light.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 8:10 p.m.

Cora, we never had a go around at all. Infact, you were very kind the only time our comments ever crossed. I don't think I really crossed anyone. I try to be careful what I say on a public place (real name or not). Sometimes, my humor comes across wrong but I never really mean anything bad and if I offend anyone, I tend to apologize and explain myself.

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Cora Mason November 17, 2010 | 8:22 p.m.

Amy, I am very happy to hear that, and I'm sorry that I asked. It's just that so many posters were so catty and abrasive, that having an adult, civil debate was impossible at times. And some of them did it on purpose, just to get a rise. While I certainly have a sense of humor, I do not get pleasure out of upsetting others. It is nice to know we are of the same mind.

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