UPDATE - SUFFOLK HIGHWAY PATROL REINSTATED
STUFF YOU'LL NEVER READ IN THE NY TIMES or NEWSDAY... LONG ISLAND TRAFFIC LAW UPDATE - SUFFOLK HIGHWAY PATROL COPS REINSTATED.
Well, it's all over folks, and the cops won. The cops who used to write most of the tickets in suffolk county are back after being ousted. The highway patrol bureau HPB, decimated by former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is back in after being replaced by sherifs deputies as a cost-cutting measure. After making almost all of the HPB disappear, the cops banded together to assert their political muscle and it was Levy who promptly disappeared. A campaign finance scandal was alleged and Levy was forced to retire. ALL details of Levys' alleged misconduct remain known only to Suffolk DA-FOR-LIFE Tom Spota, who has never explained exactly what Levy did. What a coincidence!!
UPDATE - POLICE CRUISERS
Back in 2008 I received a tip from Alert motorist Bill who wrote
'...the Nassau County 5th pct now has a taxi yellow crown vic that is made out to look like a NYC TAXI CAB..."
Well Bill wasn't hallucinating: here it is:
Bill wrote 'THE ONLY THING THAT GIVES IT AWAY IS THE FACT THAT IT DONT HAVE NYC TLC PLATES OF A NYC CAB . IT HAS FLASHER LIGHTS ON THE INSIDE OF THE BACK WINDOW AND THE FRONT WINDOW.' emphasis as in original
Bill sure was right. It has flashers inside the front and rear windows which are quite dark. There are also nubby antennas on the roof front and back, no front plate, and it lacks any actual "TAXI" sign on top. look out for this one people.
EDITORS NOTE - Wait a minute, I've seen this before. Wasn't this in the plot of one of "RUNNING SCARED" the 1986 buddy-cop movie featuring the late great Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal? Didn't they see what happened to the taxi in that movie!?
The Asharoken police will stop and ticket anyone going even one mph over the limit! Standard Operating procedure is to ticket you, even if you were doing only 31 mph, then write that you were doing 41. The joke on attorneys is that when uninitiated members of the bar come to conference their cases, the prosecutor will grudgingly offer to reduce the ticket back to the original bull$hit charge of 31 mph! Thanks for nothing...
Here in beautiful Suffolk County, the letter "A" is for ASHAROKEN a little residential community just North of Huntington, Centerport, and Northport. Don't get me wrong - all these towns are great places to visit. Huntington is a hot spot for L.I. night life and downtown Northport is very charming and friendly.
If, however, you decide to take the scenic drive up through Asharoken to Eatons Neck, beware - YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. The only way in or out (by land, anyway) is through the speed trap of Asharoken-arguably, the most corrupt jurisdiction in Suffolk. The 30 mph speed limit is clearly posted as you enter Asharoken. With great pity, the local people will warn you to drive slowly, but nothing can prepare you for the severity of the enforcement you will find there. The "plus 10 mph" rule does not apply in this town!