When it comes to the law, some people believe they are above it and can do as they please. The Inquisitr reported on June 29, 2014, that a truck driver named Brian Miner saw an Illinois state trooper speed past him at a high rate of speed and talking on his cell phone. Miner took it upon himself to report the trooper’s infractions and let him know of his wrong-doing.
Miner honked his truck horn at the trooper to alert him that he was speeding and talking on his cell phone in his hand, which by law, drivers can’t do in the state of Illinois.
At that point, Miner was pulled over by the trooper and continued recording the conversation as the cop came up to his truck. Miner tells the trooper why he honked his horn at him as he simply wanted to alert him to what he was doing wrong.
The trooper defended his actions by saying that “police officers can actually use technology when they’re driving.”
That actually is correct. Illinois state law says that the ban on electronic communication devices states it doesn’t apply to “a law enforcement officer or operator of an emergency vehicle while performing his or her official duties.”
As the the video continues on, the trooper asks Miner for his license and registration and speaks to him on how fast he was driving. Miner makes the point that the trooper passed him while driving and asked, “Are you above the speed limit as well?”
Once that point is made, the trooper says he is going to issue Miner a ticket for unlawfully using his horn. It was then that Miner informed the trooper that he was still recording the whole incident.
The trooper’s face drops and he walks back to his cruiser for a few minutes. Upon coming back, he tells Miner that he was traveling at the posted speed limit and decides he won’t write him a ticket because he “didn’t want to hurt your record.”
The trooper then states, “Honestly, I wasn’t paying attention to my speed… I don’t remember having my phone on me.”
Miner tells the cop that they are all “sharing the same road” and that police officers should be “held accountable to the same standards” as everyone else. The trooper then leaves and heads back to his car to let Miner go about his business.