Friday, December 08, 2006
Police car going much faster than the speed limit

Q: I was driving on Day Road recently to go home appox. 6:10pm and a police car was going much faster than the speed limit (limit is 40mph.) He had no flashing lights. I have seen this often with police cars going over the speed limit without flashers. What exactly is the rule? All cars must obey speed limit signs, while police cars do not have to? Please inform me of the rules, I have looked at the BMV for help but there are no exceptions to the speed limit signs/rules that Ihave seen. Thank you.

A: All officers are expected to obey traffic laws the same as everyone else. Indiana law does exempt officers under certain times, such as emergenices requiring lights and siren. However, the answer is a bit more complex, as not every call or request for assistance demands an officer run red lights and siren to a call, yet getting to a call or location quickly is important (example- in progress burglaries
where a siren would give advance warning of impending police arrival). The location you mention is out of the city limits, so another possibility was that an officer may have been summoned to help a county officer as often happens within our jurisdiction. The matter will be reviewed further to attempt to find out.

posted by South Bend Police Department @ 12:07 PM  

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