Video: Truck Driver Lectures Trooper for Speeding
June 30, 2014
VIDEO: Truck Driver Lectures Trooper for Speeding
A truck driver who spotted a trooper allegedly speeding while talking on his cellphone took action. He honked his horn to get the trooper's attention. The trooper pulled him over and asked him why he honked. The results were recorded and posted on YouTube.
Trucker Brian Miner was asked why honked and replied "Because you were speeding." The role reversal continued.
The video shows the trooper walking up to Miner's door. The trooper says he pulled the trucker over for honking his horn. Miner admits he honked the horn to alert the trooper that he was speeding and talking with a cellphone in his hand, saying that was something drivers are not allowed to do in the state of Illinois.
The trooper defends himself, saying, "Police officers can actually use technology when they're driving." The trooper is right. The state's ban on cell phone use while driving states the law does not apply to "a law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle while performing his or her official duties."
The trooper then asks Miner for his license and proceeds to question him on how fast he was driving. "You passed me! Are you above the speed limit as well?" Miner responded.
In the end, the traffic contact resulted in an exchange of friendly traffic safety reminders and no citations were issued.
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Gary @ 6/30/2014 3:12 PM
It's almost laughable, as a retired officer I know that we may need a wake up call from time to time
To remind us that We have no right to break the laws that we are obligated to enforce. It will probably serve this officer well as a guide to future activities.
Capt. Crunch @ 6/30/2014 4:22 PM
I wonder what the truckers boss thinks about one of his drivers harassing police officers on company time.
Mark @ 6/30/2014 5:35 PM
This aired on ABC World News tonight. It is NOT against the law for a LEO to be on the phone. The trucker is an idiot and has no idea why the cop was on the phone. As a patrolman, I had to sometimes talk to dispatch, my supervisor, or a detective on the phone. Further, the trucker has no idea, let alone proof, if the cop was speeding. During my time on the road many calls I went there quickly, often above the speed limit, and did not want to use my lights and siren for tactical reasons.
If this guy is out there playing traffic law vigilante and going after cops you know he is going after citizens too. Getting behind them and laying on his horn and flashing his lights in a large truck. You know he has done this before and you know he will play vigilante again. If this guy wants to enforce traffic laws so bad submit an app to join the force. Let's see if he can even make it through the academy. Otherwise he needs to worry about getting his load where it needs to go on time.
Mitch @ 6/30/2014 10:15 PM
Notice the stupid mask on the passenger seat headrest. He was looking to get his 15 minutes of fame. This truck driver is a mental midget.
CJ @ 7/1/2014 1:22 AM
Mark & Mitch: You are missing the point...while the truck driver needs to mind his own business, he made a complete fool out of the trooper. The trooper makes all of us in law enforcement look like bumbling idiots. First he says he was not on the phone, then he says he didn't realize he was on the phone, make up your mind! He did not even know the phone laws in his own state which made him look even more foolish. If he was truly in the right he should have stood up for himself, admitted he was on the phone, told the the truck driver to mind his own business and send him on the way with a ticket. Or...how about this novel idea...ignore the idiot and go on to do what you were going to do anyway. When we react to idiots like this we run the risk of them having us look foolish, exactly what happened here! They don't deserve our time or attention and now that he was given time and attention, guess what? Now the truck driver has his 15 minutes of fame and many out there are laughing
Lenny @ 7/1/2014 12:25 PM
I believe the trucker was simply trying to make the roads
safer for ALL who use them.You know like move over month.
Mark @ 7/1/2014 12:27 PM
I agree with you. In my comment I just wanted to address reasons why cops might do what they do and the public really has no idea what may be going on and they need to mind their own business.
Yes, this officer should have controlled the situation a hell of a lot better. This is the kind of driver who does need to be put in his place.
Jim B. @ 7/3/2014 7:45 AM
I still can't believe how much hoopla has been made over this video. I kept seeing it pop up on Facebook but ignored it for a while. Finally I figured I might as well take a look. Most of the Facebook posts said something like "Cop changes his tone after finding out he's on video." I expected to see the cop ranting at the driver, really chewing is a$$ out. There's nothing here! That's one of the most polite troopers I've ever seen! He never loses his temper, doesn't insult the driver, doesn't threaten him. He asks him what's going on, he questions him about what he was doing, responds to the truckers accusations, carries out his business and send the guy on his way. Much ado about nothing. The really infuriating thing is looking on youtube and seeing all the various titles for this video. "Cop lies his ass off", "Trucker turns tables on trooper", "trucker pulls cop over for speeding and gets a confession". What? Gimme a break!
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