Yesterday I was on I-96 outside of Lansing heading for Grand Rapids. A woman passed me on the left and continued to pass other cars ahead of me. She was going about the speed limit. Then a state cop in a Michigan highway patrol car zoomed by me and pulled right up on the woman's tail. Because she was still passing a line of vehicles, she had no safe way of moving over into the right lane. Yet the cop continued to tailgate her. Finally, she floored it, passed the last car, and shifted into the right lane. The cop then zipped away at about 85-90 mph.
At no time did the cop have his flashers or siren on. I soon learned why. A few miles down the road, I saw the same cop in the median chatting with one his comrades in another patrol car. It was apparent that they were setting up the spots where they would radar the oncoming evening rush hour. Hardly an emergency.
Now why shouldn't I be disgusted with the conduct of this cop? Had he observed me driving in the same reckless manner, he would have ticketed me -- and rightly so. This cop flouting the law is only the half of it. It was deadly dangerous for him to hang on that woman's bumper at 70-75 mph in heavy traffic. For any number of reasons, she might have had to brake urgently, and WHAP! that cop would have plowed into the back of her car. There was no excuse for the cop driving the way he did. It was nothing more than the arrogance of man who thinks wearing a badge puts him above the law he is duty-bound to serve.
If this were an isolated instance, I would be making too much of a fuss. The fact is that I usually see the state highway cops speeding and tailgating on the expressways without any indication that they are responding to an emergency. Plainly they know there is no one who will be ticketing them for their reckless driving.