Indian cop on phone slaps rider

Cop on Phone

For those who believe police think there is one rule for them and another for the rest of us comes this video from India of a police motorcycle officer on a mobile phone.

When the officer is confronted by the rider videoing the incident, the police officer slaps him.

The rider then rides off, concerned he might cop a bogus fine. He later uploaded the video to Facebook where it has gone viral.

While the incident took place in India, there is concern that police in other countries believe they are above the law and can do things that other motorists cannot.

Can police break road rules?

That is true, up to a point.

In many jurisdictions, police are given certain leeway in breaking some road rules such as using a mobile phone while driving or even speeding, so long as they are “taking reasonable care” or in an emergency situation.

In the case of an emergency, the police vehicle should have the sirens and lights operating at the time if they are fitted to the vehicle.

Just ordering a pizza or phoning their friends is not allowed.

In the Indian case, the policeman, Surinder Singh, doesn’t even have his helmet on properly.

This raises the point about police who wear helmet cameras fining riders for doing the same thing.NSW Police helmet bluetooth - helmet camera road rage helmet cameras speed

One rule for them and another for us?

It also doesn’t appear that the Indian officer is an emergency situation as he is calmly chatting on the phone.

Justice prevails

Thankfully, Chandigarh rider, Sumit Kumar Tiwari, posted the video on Friday (September 8, 2017).

He also supplied the video to police who promptly took a witness statement. Singh has since been fined and his licence suspended for three months.

That was a very quick and commendable response from Indian police.

If you witness a police officer disobeying road rules when not responding to an emergency call, you should report the incident to police for an internal investigation.

It should be noted that police are often fined for breaches of road rules.  For example, there were 600 Queensland police fined in 2011, alone.

4 Comments

  1. Are you kidding?
    For the first instance this an officer from a different country. Secondly, dont compare our emergency service personnel to others, please. As for the mobile usage, yes they are allowed depending on the Stats and Territories rules for their respective emergency service act. Although allowed they have been duly warned NOT to do it due to the safety and to abide by the law and pull over before utilizing their phones. There are however extenuating circumstances sometimes, e.g. responding single to an emergency and no radio coverage, but be assured that if they are caught/seen and reported they have to explain to the superiors as to why they HAD to operate the phone whilst driving. The Emergency personnel also now are possibly able to connect via Bluetooth in their respective vehicles.

    As I am a first responder in Australia I truly can’t fathom why this was even posted. If you have to bring up this argument at least have the courtesy to report on stories in your own country.

  2. Police officers in Australian states and territories are permitted to use mobile telephones while driving. Although I believe it to be a bad idea for the most part, it can be argued that police drivers are trained to a much higher standard than the vast majority of drivers in Australia (which wouldn’t be particularly hard).

    1. The vast majority of Australian drivers are not trained at all. A 100 hours supervised by unskilled (in many cases) folks and 3 years self teaching, just is not anywhere near good enough!

  3. In the line of duty just about all rules can be broken, understandably. But one of the enduring memories of my day in an Arizona Highway Patrol car was the way in which no regard needs to be paid to getting caught. In other words, if any of us ordinary folk decide to do not completely stop at a sign or similar, we are very alert to being caught. Its a whole different game when there are no rules and you can go where you like, when you like, and do what you like. Turn here, like right now, cross the median strip, dart across the road, Its quite exciting actually!

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