Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Profiles in stupidity: Florence, Kentucky police officer

My poor wife has to travel today in order to vindicate herself from the false charge that she does not have auto insurance, and she has to go all the way to Burlington, Kentucky to do it. Regulars will remember that Nicole and I made a spur-of-the-moment trip to Dayton, Ohio to attend the funeral of Father Chris Rohmiller. On our return trip, Nicole was backing out of the handicapped space after stopping at a Florence, Kentucky shopping center (when we were first married, we lived in the area) when the alarm of a car behind us went off. The owner of that car alleges we hit his car, Nicole disputes this, but the insurance company agrees with the offended owner.

When the Florence police officer came to file a police report, Nicole didn't have her current insurance card with her. She was on the phone with the insurance company, and offered to let the representative talk to the officer-the officer refused to talk to the insurance representative to verify that we had coverage on our truck!

Now as a result, Nicole has to go all the way up there today just to have a traffic court judge in Burlington throw out the ticket (which was only for no proof of insurance)-it could have all been solved had the officer just talked to the insurance lady on the phone. What's more, the Boone County Commonwealth's Attorney could have handled everything over the fax-we were ready to fax proofof insurance. The Boone County authorities refused to do so.

So Nicole has to drive all the way to Burlington to have a judge throw out the case-and the county will get nothing. Does this sound like an intelligent use of taxpayer dollars to you?

4 Comments:

At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:57:00 AM, Blogger Chucko said...

Dave! You lived in Florence, KY when? I lived there in Oakbrook from '99 to last year, right on the border of Burlington.

That being said, an intelligent use of taxpayer dollars? NOOOOoooOOo. My brother had some drunken idiot smash into him at about 40 mph while he was stopped at a stop light. The guy didn't have insurance, so how does the "proof of insurance" law affect him? Not at all. He just gets off (with a little jail time, maybe). This was in Ohio, but I thought KY had a "no fault" accident law?

 
At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Kentucky does-but insurance is still required. Nonetheless, the Court could have handled all of this over the fax-no, that would have been too easy.

I lived in Cincinnati, though to anyone outside of that area, Florence is still the same "area." Florence is where we used to go shopping all the time.

 
At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:55:00 AM, Blogger Rob Huddleston said...

Dave -

This sounds right in line with my experiences with traffic cops in Kentucky. My last speeding ticket - in 1999 - was concocted by the Kentucky Highway Patrol in Bell County. Since I was living in Chicago at the time, I wasn't coming back to fight it, so I paid the fine. To this day it burns me up, though...

Cheers,

Rob

 
At Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:03:00 PM, Blogger gaits said...

Chuck, from the sounds of what I heard in court yesterday, drivers with no insurance pay a $500 fine plus court costs..not sure about the jail time but I assume it depends on the person's history...

 

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