Motorists will have to fend for themselves and call the nearest police district on their own.
Philadelphia Police officials said they respond to nearly 70,000 auto accidents each year, adding about 10,000 do not require a police officer.
“We can save police response time and have officers available for more important, pressing issues,” Lt. Frank Vanore explained.
But you can be damn sure that manning a revenue generating speed trap or shaking down drivers for seatbelt fines are important, pressing issues.
Rome didn’t burn in a day. History isn’t granular, digital transition but decidedly analog. Frogs in slowly warming baths may find the situation familiar.
It starts with Bob across the street losing his job, then your cousin, then you think nothing about collecting beer cans or running a roadside vegetable stand in order to make your credit card payments. Humans naturally and constantly recalibrate their definition of normalcy in order to stay sane in a fluid universe, and the expected level of civil service is one of them.
Polite, efficient and responsive policing is a luxury that can only be afforded by states not drowning in politically motivated entitlement spending. The rest of the world gets by with surly, low paid constables and paper-checkers who exist to serve the needs of the state and not the citizenry, and sooner rather than later, we will find out what that’s like here.