Is it a speed trap if you know where the cops will be waiting?
It’s the “trap” part of that question that led the Coeur d’Alene Police Department to change its approach to monitoring traffic infractions. As of July 13, officers’ locations are posted in advance on the department’s Facebook page.
“I’m all about transparency and being open,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White. “Law enforcement isn’t a game of ‘gotcha’ and we are not out to get the public, whether it be a speeding violation or another violation. We’re just out there to keep people safe and we need the public to know they can trust us.”
White told The Press the idea for the Facebook initiative came from a fellow police chief who spoke to him about how effective the program was in his department. After giving the idea some thought, White jumped on board and, last week, members of the department began making daily posts on Facebook/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: When did you last get a speeding ticket?