Last week, as I was reading an Ohio Highway Patrol report on a trooper punished for giving a break to a speeding motorist, one sentence jumped out at me. A union representative, pleading the trooper’s case, remarked that professional courtesy decisions used to be common in the highway patrol.
The union rep said there used to be a “standing order” that speeding tickets were never given to members of Ohio’s state legislature. I phoned Dennis Murray, a Sandusky attorney, a member of the Sandusky City Commission and former state representative, to ask about that alleged standing order.
Murray replied by telling me about the speeding ticket he received when he was pulled over driving late at night on Ohio 4, trying to get home. The trooper was completely professional, Murray said. At the time, Murray had a state lawmaker license plate on his car.
His automobile also displayed a bumper sticker denouncing Senate Bill 5, an anti-union measure bitterly opposed by law enforcement labor unions. The trooper said nothing about any of that but simply handed Murray his speeding ticket.
“I expected nothing and received nothing,” Murray said. “I paid the ticket.” The attorney added it was the only speeding ticket he’s received in about the past 15 years.