Cranky Man Complains: Police Who Don't Use Turn Signals

Why don't police use their left and right turn indicators?

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By David Hammond

Sitting at Dino's, perhaps enjoying some delicious catfish*, you will see a lot of police cars coming and going from Village Hall.

What you won't see is a lot of these vehicles using their turn signals.

Why is it that police feel they're above this particular rule of the road?

Oak Park police are some of the finest officers of the law I've ever met. I'm a big fan of Chief Tanksley, a fine and capable public servant, and our beat cops have always seemed to be committed and decent (except for that one guy who is now behind bars).

Why in the name of Justice do these uniformed keepers of the peace feel as though they don't have to provide the courteous and usual kind of heads-up about their vehicle's direction-of-travel that could prevent accidents and foster safety?

I get it that police sometimes have to drive beyond the speed limit, blast through red lights in pursuit of evil-doers and otherwise do things that normal citizens cannot be permitted to do. But what, oh what prevents them from making the small movement with their left hand that activates a turn signal and lets us know just where exactly these preservers of law and order are going to be steering their vehicles?

It's not hard to obey a simple traffic law like this; ALL of us should do it.

Honorable police people of Oak Park: please, use your turn signals!

*Obligatory food reference

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