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Old 11-01-2016, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Or perhaps that's what this headline should say:
ATLANTA MAYOR INVESTIGATION: Is Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed breaking the law by using blue lights and sirens? | WSB-TV

The mayor of most cities is NOT a first responder, especially a large city like Atlanta. Maybe in some tiny little town the mayor is also the police chief, or a firefighter, but that's not remotely the case here. There is no reason whatsoever the mayor ever needs to get to places in an emergency. Short of a city-wide calamity (think September 11th or above), the only time the mayor of Atlanta should be blasting through intersections under the protection of blue lights is when there's an imminent threat to them, or when in handcuffs headed to jail (I personally prefer this latter one). Given that this is a state law, and the state law enforcement has said it's illegal, maybe they'll get him and his cronies; the GSP isn't under the thumb of the Atlanta administration.
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:51 PM
 
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What a stupid article. I guess its ok for the governor, pastors with multiple services across town to have escort security, celebrities, etc to have an escort but the mayor cant.

I think whoever is investigating this is either stupid, mad at the mayor or something or racist because they never did this for the governor
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:02 PM
 
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What a stupid article. I guess its ok for the governor, pastors with multiple services across town to have escort security, celebrities, etc to have an escort but the mayor cant.

I think whoever is investigating this is either stupid, mad at the mayor or something or racist because they never did this for the governor
The governor said they don't use lights and sirens and that was confirmed by the reporter.

Do celebrities and preachers get to use lights and sirens and drive on the shoulder? On what authority? I've never heard of that.
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:20 PM
 
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The governor said they don't use lights and sirens and that was confirmed by the reporter.

Do celebrities and preachers get to use lights and sirens and drive on the shoulder? On what authority? I've never heard of that.

Its just wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more important stuff to report on in Atlanta such as traffic, not blocking the entire street for a highrise development, the mayors race, CDC leaving Dekalb, expanding the Beltline, the lawyer that killed his wife but WSB-TV is hush hush on that story, panhandling, etc. Who gives a shyt? Unless its about progressing Atlanta I don't care about these slow news day articles.
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Duluth, GA
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Chalking this one up to a slow news day. Though, if he's using blue lights and sirens as often as he is, yeah, that's not cool.

Then again, I don't expect there's ever much outrage over high school football team buses getting police escorts to and from games.
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Chalking this one up to a slow news day. Though, if he's using blue lights and sirens as often as he is, yeah, that's not cool.

Then again, I don't expect there's ever much outrage over high school football team buses getting police escorts to and from games.
Bingo, that is not a good use of taxpayer funds.
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:07 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Consider that there are often events the mayor must get to that involve media, business leaders, fellow dignitaries and constituents. They're all on the clock as well. No doubt the Mayor would be enduring even more criticism if he acquired a reputation for tardiness and leaving these people consistently cooling their heels in some auditorium.
At any rate, I don't get the sense that he's one to abuse mayoral privileges; I doubt that's case here, either. I certainly wouldn't equate him with that lunatic Brillohead Insurance Commissioner we had that would fire up the siren and blow down the streets of Atlanta at 100 mph. I ask you, what sort of life-threatening emergencies does an Insurance Commissioner have to attend to, anyway?
What was his name, anyway? Oh, Yeah. The same guy that as a gubernatorial candidate was all in favor of revisiting the completion of I-675 and I-485 and ripping out historic eastside Atlanta neighborhoods in the process.

Remember when John Oxendine was accused of using an emergency...

Why YOU should vote for John Oxendine!
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:13 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Consider that there are often events the mayor must get to that involve media, business leaders, fellow dignitaries and constituents. They're all on the clock as well. No doubt the Mayor would be enduring even more criticism if he acquired a reputation for tardiness and leaving these people consistently cooling their heels in some auditorium.
Maybe he should leave a few minutes earlier to be there on time, Everyone else in there limo seem to be able to.

I'm willing to bet the CEO of Coke is just as busy as the Mayor. But he can get there on time without lights and sirens.
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Are we more upset because it's someone with Reed's personality or because it's a mayor of a major city? Does de Blasio, Rahm Emanuel, etc. sit in traffic?
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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Or perhaps that's what this headline should say:
ATLANTA MAYOR INVESTIGATION: Is Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed breaking the law by using blue lights and sirens? | WSB-TV

The mayor of most cities is NOT a first responder, especially a large city like Atlanta. Maybe in some tiny little town the mayor is also the police chief, or a firefighter, but that's not remotely the case here. There is no reason whatsoever the mayor ever needs to get to places in an emergency. Short of a city-wide calamity (think September 11th or above), the only time the mayor of Atlanta should be blasting through intersections under the protection of blue lights is when there's an imminent threat to them, or when in handcuffs headed to jail (I personally prefer this latter one). Given that this is a state law, and the state law enforcement has said it's illegal, maybe they'll get him and his cronies; the GSP isn't under the thumb of the Atlanta administration.
I guess there were no kittens stuck in a tree to report on yesterday, so they had to fill the slot somehow.


Oy vey
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