According to this Letter to the Editor in the Farmington Independent, one Farmington resident wonders if police officers should be allowed to ignore fire safety rules just because they’re cops and/or they’re carrying a K9 unit in the back of their squad car.
From the Letter to the Editor:
At about 10 p.m. on March 7 I observed squad 92 pull into Kwik Trip here in Farmington and proceed to dispense fuel into his running squad in defiance of the law forbidding the dispensing of fuel into a running motor vehicle. While squad 92 is a K9 unit I am sure Bosco would have been fine in the squad without the heater for the couple of minutes that it took his officer to fill the squad. Instead this officer risked a fire hazard and therefore the safety of other citizens and his canine, Bosco, to keep the heater on.
Whether or not police officers should be above the law has been debated numerous times on Lazy Lightning. However, in this case, we should discuss whether or not this is a real issue to worry about, not whether the cop was in the right or wrong. Yes, there have been fires started by static electricity and pumping gas while the car is running. However, these cases are generally because people are getting in and out of their cars while pumping gas, creating the static electricity in the first place.
Do you pump gas while the engine is running? Do you get in and out of you car while you are? Do you think this Letter to the Editor will effect change? Do you think the cops should leave their cars running when they go into the store (something they frequently do) knowing the effect it has on your tax dollars? Do you believe static gas station fires are of such a safety concern that it should prompt legal action from the state? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.