DeWitt: Walter Grysen Blog Post

I have always been interested in what it takes for a police officer to decide whether they want to pull someone who is in violation of a traffic law over or not.  Oftentimes I will be driving and see someone who is going at least 10 miles over the speed limit pass a cop and the cop never even seems to bat an eyelash.  There are other times when I see someone yield at a stop sign instead of making the full three-second stop and an officer comes out of nowhere to give them a ticket.

I have learned from my time spent with Officer Grysen that each department is different but the standard for giving someone a ticket is usually set at going 15 miles over the speed limit.  Some officers try to more strict and will pull drivers over for five miles above the speed limit.  However, besides those few officers most will let go the occassional 10 miles an hour speeding. 

Every town is different.  My hometown in the Walled Lake, Novi, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield area the officers are extremely strict and will pull over anyone who doesn’t follow the traffic laws strictly.  DeWitt is a smaller town where most people know each other.  I also learned that money from traffic tickets does not go to the police like most people would believe, the profits go to the town’s pulbic library.

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