CHP Crackdown on Speeding

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
MO Reader Torr Melling just CC'd me on a recent email exchange he had with the CHP. I've never had any problem with hostility or unprofessional behavior from a CHP Patrolperson. However, I've never been stopped during one of these "Crackdown" periods. -Sean

Torr wrote:

To: CHP Office of Public Affairs

To Whom It May Concern, I read recently that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is cracking-down on speeders. My questions are: Why the sudden need? and Why the need for press releases and publicity? A very negative and troubling side effect has been the extremely rude and obnoxious behavior on the part of CHP officers making traffic stops of late. No less than four of my friends whom officers have pulled over for speeding offences in the past two weeks, have characterized the officer’s treatment of them as rude, arrogant, obtuse, malicious and vindictive. One even stated that on a 1 to 10 scale of rudeness, his officer was a 12! This abusive behavior is reckless, disrespectful and ends up doing more harm to the reputation and public perception of CHP officers.

I would encourage an internal review and admonishment to all CHP officers that such behavior is completely unnecessary, not condoned nor tolerated. The CHP can perform its difficult and stressful job without the need for harassment.

I welcome your personal remarks regarding this matter.

Sincerely,
Torr Melling

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The CHP Public Affairs Office replied with:


Please tell your friends that we have a formal complaint process and take all complaints very seriously. It sounds like you are in the San Diego area. The phone number for San Diego CHP is: 619-220-5492.

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