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Deja what?

January 14, 2012
Morning Journal News


In reference to the letter sent titled "Deja Who" written by Terry Dougherty, I found myself wondering, how does someone get rear-ended and cited for excessive speed? Were they not going fast enough that the car behind them just hit them?

Each police department as well as officers use their discretion when issuing citations and I believe that Mr. Dougherty did not include all of the circumstances leading up to the citation that he received.

I also went on to the public records website for Columbiana County and found no court cases or citations for Mr. Dougherty, in Salem or anywhere else in Columbiana County. So this supposed accident either occurred in a different county, different state, or not at all. Perhaps some clarification is needed there as well.

It is my opinion that if an officer steps out of their cruiser on an accident, and nearly meets the pavement themselves, it's safe to say road conditions can be taken into account when citations are or are not issued.

As for Councilman Brown who did not receive a ticket, that, Mr. Dougherty, is due to the fact the road conditions did not warrant a citation and not the fact that he is a council person. That part of your letter I am able to clarify myself.

Jenifer Mills




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