OT Ping Duck crazy cop

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by PeterN, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. PeterN

    PeterN Guest

    I usually drive on an eight lane highway, including two HOV lanes. A cop
    passed me on the left, turned on his lights and did a sharp right.
    Another cop entered the highway, with his lights on and starting driving
    in an S pattern across the highway, while slowing down to about twenty.
    He kept this up for several miles, then just left the highway. Meanwhile
    the first cop just took off at high speed. I can understand doing this
    to slow down traffic, but there were no incidents either way. Why would
    he do this? I suspect the first cop just wanted a clear road so he could
    test the sped of his car. The whole thing doesn't make any sense to me.
    I was tempted to turn on the video on my iPhone, but other drivers had
    gone into a "gotta get to the front first" mode.
     
    PeterN, Apr 23, 2014
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  2. PeterN

    Guest Guest

    he didn't make a sharp right, or you or someone else would have hit him.
    it makes plenty of sense. that's a traffic break and was likely done to
    remove an object from the road further up. by the time you got to where
    the object was, it was gone.

    it happens every so often. no big deal.
     
    Guest, Apr 23, 2014
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  3. PeterN

    Savageduck Guest

    That is the standard technique to run a traffic break. They shouldn't
    be running a traffic break without good reason, so I suspect that it
    could have been for any number of reasons from a disabled vehicle, to a
    medical emergency, to an object fallen from a vehicle which has to be
    cleared from the roadway several miles ahead, or even giving highway
    workers breathing room to place a "cone zone".
    Once the incident was cleared there would be no further need to run the
    break, so cop#1 moves on in his original direction of patrol, and cop#2
    leaves the highway to return to his assigned beat.

    Here is what the CHP has to say regarding traffic breaks:
    "Everyday on California freeways there are objects which wind up in the
    lanes of traffic. These obstacles can include such things as christmas
    trees, mattresses, construction equipment, lawn trimmings, clothes,
    garbage, furniture and vehicles which have become disabled, wound up
    facing the wrong way on the shoulders, or involved in collisions.
    Removing this blockage from the roads is part of the normal routine of
    the California Highway Patrol.
    There are several ways this can be accomplished. First, an Officer can
    wait for a natural break in the flow of traffic. They can them retrieve
    the object, or push it out of the lanes. The large vertical bumpers you
    see on the front of CHP cars are used to push vehicles without damaging
    either vehicle. On most freeways in major metropolitan areas, a
    sufficiently long "natural break" is very rare. In these cases,
    Officers will create their own "traffic break." With one Officer
    standing by at the scene of the obstacle, another Officer will get on
    the freeway at a point before the scene of the problem. The Officer in
    the car, or the motorcycle, will turn on their emergency lights.
    Sometimes, they will even activate the vehicle s siren. They will then
    start moving in the direction of the obstruction. The Officer will
    start to zig-zag back and forth across all lanes of traffic until they
    have the attention of all of the vehicles behind them. This zig-zagging
    motion is intended to keep all vehicles behind the CHP vehicle. When
    the Officer is convinced that all of the vehicles have seen the patrol
    car, they will slow down. This slowing down will create a gap between
    the vehicles traveling behind the CHP vehicle, and those traveling at
    normal speeds in front of the patrol car. Normally, the Officer
    creating the break will then use the radio to give the Officer at the
    scene of the problem a description of the last car traveling at regular
    speeds. When the last car goes by, the Officer at the scene will then
    either run out into the lanes to remove the item, they will push the
    disabled vehicle out of the way, or they will instruct the driver of a
    vehicle facing the wrong way that it is safe to make a u-turn, and get
    on their way.
    So, the next time you see a CHP vehicle driving back and forth across
    all of the lanes with its lights flashing, you do not have to worry
    about the Officer having had too much to drink. You will know that they
    are running a "traffic break.""
    Then there is the variation of the traffic break called a "round-robin":
    "Quite often, at the scene of a major accident or when something
    happens which blocks most of the lanes of the freeway, traffic will
    rapidly back up. Traffic coming to a rapid halt can create dangerous
    situations due to inattentive drivers. There have been many secondary
    crashes in the backup caused by the original problem. Unfortunately,
    these secondary crashes are sometimes worse than the original event.
    When a California Highway Patrol Officer arrives at the scene, they
    will notice the situation that is causing the problem. Then, based on
    their assessment of how long it will take for the roadway to be
    cleared, and how much traffic has backed up, they may request a Sig
    Alert to be issued or help from other CHP Officers. One of the ways an
    Officer can reduce the odds of a crash occurring in the traffic backup,
    is to slow the approaching traffic. This can be accomplished by a
    traffic break. Sometimes, however, a single traffic break may not last
    long enough for a complicated situation. In this case, the Officer at
    the scene may request other Officers perform what are called "round
    robins." Round robins" are a continuing series of traffic breaks
    designed to slow down traffic. Other Officers may go as far away as
    several miles to start a traffic break. They will slow the traffic
    down; and, keep it slow until they pass the scene of the problem. The
    Officer will then go back, and do it again."
    Here is the Wikipedia take on the concept:
    < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_break >
     
    Savageduck, Apr 23, 2014
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  4. PeterN

    PeterN Guest

    That makes sense. I really thought the guy was drunk.
     
    PeterN, Apr 23, 2014
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