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2012-12-13 05:57:20 PM
Worst timed lights I've ever seen was throughout Albuquerque, NM. First in line and accelerating when the light turns green and by the time you are 100 ft from the next intersection the light is turning red.

I think they timed the lights to be perfectly off.
 
2012-12-13 05:57:58 PM
When our idiot mayor put the camera's up, I wanted to find out what his license plate number was, make a dummy plate and go out and run a shiatload of red lights.
 
2012-12-13 05:58:14 PM

Treygreen13: occamswrist: That's all it takes for some people to justify excessive speeding.

I'm just offering an explanation of what he said. I don't speed to get through Commerce since I'm in a downtown area and there's a good chance going 20 over would inevitably end with some moron wandering across the street at a "Don't Walk" sign without looking and I'd splatter him all the way to Main. Because people do that here. Just wander into the street. All the damn time. Ugh.

That being said, some places speeding isn't a bad thing and the police are benefiting from artificially low speed limits. There is a stretch of road near me that is 6-lanes wide straight as an arrow through a vast field of nothing. Just farms on either side. Speed limit is 30. It's ludicrous. They put cops all over it and rack up huge speeding tickets for going more than 5 over.


I apologize I didn't mean you but the way I wrote it made it sound that way. Sorry.
 
2012-12-13 05:58:37 PM
auto play videos with audio on by default ??!?!?!?! what the fark ?!?! some of us are in offices here y'know
 
2012-12-13 05:59:14 PM

occamswrist: I apologize I didn't mean you but the way I wrote it made it sound that way. Sorry.


It's all good. I understand where he's coming from, though. Although 20 over might be pushing it. Depends on the area really.
 
2012-12-13 06:01:57 PM
Didn't some guy have a kickstarter for a flash reacting burst of led lights on the plate effectively blinding the camera?
 
2012-12-13 06:02:29 PM

occamswrist: Worst timed lights I've ever seen was throughout Albuquerque, NM. First in line and accelerating when the light turns green and by the time you are 100 ft from the next intersection the light is turning red.

I think they timed the lights to be perfectly off.


Oh man, I hate those. My alternate route to work is timed so that if you hit it right, you can basically go all 15 miles or so without stopping once. But if you hit it just wrong, you will stop at every light. It takes twice as long. I know that doesn't sound like it would be possible, but it is. One of the lights is in a particularly bad area and I swear it's green for 3 seconds. Sometimes people don't look up at the light right as it's turning green and the whole lane misses their light.
 
2012-12-13 06:03:57 PM

LaraAmber: thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit.

Huh?


The lights are timed horribly so you have to speed in order to hit the lights correctly, thus everyone speeds. If in fact the system worked properly, basically everyone would be ticketed including the poster every day of the week they travel that stretch.
 
2012-12-13 06:04:09 PM

occamswrist: Treygreen13: LaraAmber: thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit.

Huh?

I think he means that the lights are timed so that he could travel through all of them without stopping if it were not for one in the middle that prevents this.

So, for example, if light #7 out of 10 was in synch with the rest, he could drive through all 10 lights without stopping.

However, if light #7 is out of synch, he can get through lights 1-6, and has to wait at light 7. Which means that it throws the timing off with the rest of the lights and he has to also wait at 8, 9, and 10. It's inefficient to have a green light with no traffic going through it, so he goes twice as fast approaching light #7, so he can also go through lights 8, 9, and 10.

There is a string of lights like that on my commute to work. If you hit the lights right, every light is green except Commerce street. If you get caught at Commerce street, you can see all the lights ahead of Commerce street green, but empty because everyone is stopped at Commerce.

That's all it takes for some people to justify excessive speeding.

Look, its not like fark requires a test to get an account. This place is kind of like a public high school.


That's all it takes to spot a troll to. Or do you really spend your life just doing what you're told because you're too afraid to make any decisions for yourself?
 
2012-12-13 06:04:59 PM

LordJiro: If taxes were at a responsible level, cities wouldn't have to rely on tickets for revenue. But hey, TAXES BAD


Right. There is a level of revenue above which cities would definitely not look for more.
 
2012-12-13 06:06:04 PM

Treygreen13: LaraAmber: thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit.

Huh?

I think he means that the lights are timed so that he could travel through all of them without stopping if it were not for one in the middle that prevents this.

So, for example, if light #7 out of 10 was in synch with the rest, he could drive through all 10 lights without stopping.

However, if light #7 is out of synch, he can get through lights 1-6, and has to wait at light 7. Which means that it throws the timing off with the rest of the lights and he has to also wait at 8, 9, and 10. It's inefficient to have a green light with no traffic going through it, so he goes twice as fast approaching light #7, so he can also go through lights 8, 9, and 10.

There is a string of lights like that on my commute to work. If you hit the lights right, every light is green except Commerce street. If you get caught at Commerce street, you can see all the lights ahead of Commerce street green, but empty because everyone is stopped at Commerce.


So your ass sits at the light for the 1-3 minutes it takes to cycle through. Reading the post: He chose to speed, he got caught speeding, somehow is it the camera's fault. Suck it up. I was caught by a camera on a road where a year later they bumped up the speed limit from 45 to 55. Do I biatch and moan that I wouldn't have gotten that ticket if they did the change earlier? Did I call and complain that everyone else on the road was also doing 50? He should just thank his stars the camera wasn't there every day of the week and slow down.
 
2012-12-13 06:08:22 PM

LordJiro: hasty ambush: trivial use of my dark powers: Can we stop pretending these cameras are for "safety" now?

Shut up and pay your fine taxes. It's the patriotic thing to do. If you don't like government, roads and schools you can always move to Somalia.

If taxes were at a responsible level, cities wouldn't have to rely on tickets for revenue. But hey, TAXES BAD


if every level of government weren't fraught with corruption, theinsanely high taxes they already collect could be reduced. also, city hall and the courthouse and the school board dont need farking marble floors and walls.
 
2012-12-13 06:09:14 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit. The man explained to me that the camera actually clocks every single car that goes through the intersection, a police officer reviews them, and then chooses who to give tickets to.


A cop gave you a pass 364 times but you're complaining about the one time you were nailed. Ungrateful scofflaw!
 
2012-12-13 06:10:16 PM
Treygreen13: There is a string of lights like that on my commute to work. If you hit the lights right, every light is green except Commerce street. If you get caught at Commerce street, you can see all the lights ahead of Commerce street green, but empty because everyone is stopped at Commerce.

There is a string of lights on my commute that are about as far from sequenced as it gets. You're pretty much guaranteed to have to stop at EVERY SINGLE ONE. The icing on the cake is that if you're driving the speed limit in light/no traffic (early morning/late night), you'll generally just come to a rollback stop in time for the light to turn green.

Fills me with rage just thinking about it.
 
2012-12-13 06:11:08 PM

LaraAmber: Treygreen13: LaraAmber: thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit.

Huh?

I think he means that the lights are timed so that he could travel through all of them without stopping if it were not for one in the middle that prevents this.

So, for example, if light #7 out of 10 was in synch with the rest, he could drive through all 10 lights without stopping.

However, if light #7 is out of synch, he can get through lights 1-6, and has to wait at light 7. Which means that it throws the timing off with the rest of the lights and he has to also wait at 8, 9, and 10. It's inefficient to have a green light with no traffic going through it, so he goes twice as fast approaching light #7, so he can also go through lights 8, 9, and 10.

There is a string of lights like that on my commute to work. If you hit the lights right, every light is green except Commerce street. If you get caught at Commerce street, you can see all the lights ahead of Commerce street green, but empty because everyone is stopped at Commerce.

So your ass sits at the light for the 1-3 minutes it takes to cycle through. Reading the post: He chose to speed, he got caught speeding, somehow is it the camera's fault. Suck it up. I was caught by a camera on a road where a year later they bumped up the speed limit from 45 to 55. Do I biatch and moan that I wouldn't have gotten that ticket if they did the change earlier? Did I call and complain that everyone else on the road was also doing 50? He should just thank his stars the camera wasn't there every day of the week and slow down.


Yeah, I was caught speeding a few months ago but its been years since before that that I was caught. I didn't argue, took it like a man.

In the back of my head I was thinking that I've been getting away with going about 10 mph over the limit so often I'm still way ahead overall.
 
2012-12-13 06:11:27 PM

Mimic_Octopus: auto play videos with audio on by default ??!?!?!?! what the fark ?!?! some of us are in offices here y'know


FlashBlock is warm and fuzzy. NoScript is polite.
 
2012-12-13 06:11:27 PM

Treygreen13: Because people do that here. Just wander into the street. All the damn time. Ugh.


Argh...that too. My commute takes me up 18th St. in DC which has lights that line up at certain times of day, giving you a nice, open northbound one-way route. People jump out from behind parked cars and walk against the light ALL THE TIME. I don't speed there because I know that...but damn I am sure I'm going to see someone get splattered someday.
 
2012-12-13 06:12:57 PM
So, the guy's going to have to take a day off and fight it in court.

The judge should look at the video and immediately order compensation from the speed camera company to the defendant for lost wages and mileage to and from the courtroom, and any legal fees incurred.

/he won't, he'll just say, "OK, not guilty...next!"
 
2012-12-13 06:14:05 PM

Mimic_Octopus: auto play videos with audio on by default ??!?!?!?! what the fark ?!?! some of us are in offices here y'know


Well then, why are your speakers turned on?
 
2012-12-13 06:15:22 PM
Sure, his brakes lights were on, but he was still moving at nearly 1000 miles per hour!
 
2012-12-13 06:19:02 PM

vodka: FlashBlock


yeah, i know, but i am debugging UI discrepencies in IE and was too lazy to open FF or O. But Still !! who even writes these auto sites ? i cant wait to sit at a bar and order a beer and ask the person next to me, hey what do you do ? oh, you are in marketing and designed an auto play / pop up / ani gif site and fireced someone to code it ? then i would break my beer across their nose.
 
2012-12-13 06:19:12 PM
In Las Vegas, the local police work with the highway patrol to issue tickets on the freeway. Not because of crashes or speed related problems on the freeways, but rather because of the number of accidents at exits and within 1 mile of the freeway.
Link

See, they ran the numbers and found that a lot of crashes happen near the freeways and allegedly a lot of those are speed related. Who would have thought that areas near freeways might have more crashes then areas far away from them? It's not like freeways are built near high traffic areas OR encourage building in areas, leading to more traffic.

The theory is that people who are speeding on the freeway are used to the speed and may underestimate their speeds right after the freeway so the extra enforcement on the freeway will make them think about their speed. I guess when you do 75 in a 65, you have a serious underestimation of your speed that causes a lot of problems in the 35mph zone off the freeway, BUT you don't have that problem when doing just 65 and then exiting to a 35 area.

The police heavily patrol the sections of the highway far away from dense areas and mainly the Southbound secton of I-15 in the morning to snag all those people going to California or Primm. Little to no police presence between I15/Tropicana and the high crash area near I15/Sahara.

It make SO MUCH more sense and is definitely not about money to have the police do speed traps on less dense, less travelled sections of the freeway than having police patrol the more dangerous sections of the freeway OR having police patrol near offramps or near freeways for all those people supposedly underestimating their speed.  Yep, nothing but safety in mind here.
 
2012-12-13 06:20:36 PM
$40.00 ticket is a dream. In CA my redlight ticket was $480.00 for my first ticket. That SUCKED.
 
2012-12-13 06:21:11 PM

LordJiro: If taxes were at a responsible level, cities wouldn't have to rely on tickets for revenue. But hey, TAXES B


Another way to put this is that the government is choosing to impose taxes on us over our repeated objections. Sounds like some serious house cleaning is in order.

Fast food employees don't get to take money from the register or hand out free food to their families just because the boss denied their raise.
 
2012-12-13 06:21:42 PM

Fast Moon: Farklee: The resolution in your cameras will never catch me:
[s10.postimage.org image 599x802]

[imgs.xkcd.com image 484x297]


That's why I would go with XQZQZYZ or something equally nonsensical. Well, if I cared.
 
2012-12-13 06:26:12 PM
Fail? I'd $ay they've ju$t turbocharged what the damn thing$ are for in the fir$t place.
 
2012-12-13 06:28:41 PM

LordJiro: hasty ambush: trivial use of my dark powers: Can we stop pretending these cameras are for "safety" now?

Shut up and pay your fine taxes. It's the patriotic thing to do. If you don't like government, roads and schools you can always move to Somalia.

If taxes were at a responsible level, cities wouldn't have to rely on tickets for revenue. But hey, TAXES BAD


Way to ignore about a million other variables. But hey, LEGAL SLAVERY GOOD
 
2012-12-13 06:35:10 PM
In Maryland, speed camera tickets are for the peons. Our distinguished legislature specifically exempted themselves from them.

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/27/2744.asp
 
2012-12-13 06:39:02 PM

oh_please: So, the guy's going to have to take a day off and fight it in court.

The judge should look at the video and immediately order compensation from the speed camera company to the defendant for lost wages and mileage to and from the courtroom, and any legal fees incurred.

/he won't, he'll just say, "OK, not guilty...next!"


Lol.

More likely he'll ask how he wants to plea, guys says not guilty, and he says come back next month on the 5th. The new thing is to require 2 court appearances, both with court costs even if you win that exceed the ticket cost. You literally lose more if you win.
 
2012-12-13 06:39:16 PM

special20: Godscrack:
Plate flipper + pull down your sun visor.
Difficulty: You have to remember to when to do it
For the nerds:

Nice drop table command - which would be awesome if it really worked. lol 

/you get the idea


Clearly owned by little Bobby Tables?

/Can't post a third XKCD to the thread, I'm at work.
 
2012-12-13 06:47:16 PM

LaraAmber: Treygreen13: LaraAmber: thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit.

Huh?

I think he means that the lights are timed so that he could travel through all of them without stopping if it were not for one in the middle that prevents this.

So, for example, if light #7 out of 10 was in synch with the rest, he could drive through all 10 lights without stopping.

However, if light #7 is out of synch, he can get through lights 1-6, and has to wait at light 7. Which means that it throws the timing off with the rest of the lights and he has to also wait at 8, 9, and 10. It's inefficient to have a green light with no traffic going through it, so he goes twice as fast approaching light #7, so he can also go through lights 8, 9, and 10.

There is a string of lights like that on my commute to work. If you hit the lights right, every light is green except Commerce street. If you get caught at Commerce street, you can see all the lights ahead of Commerce street green, but empty because everyone is stopped at Commerce.

So your ass sits at the light for the 1-3 minutes it takes to cycle through. Reading the post: He chose to speed, he got caught speeding, somehow is it the camera's fault. Suck it up. I was caught by a camera on a road where a year later they bumped up the speed limit from 45 to 55. Do I biatch and moan that I wouldn't have gotten that ticket if they did the change earlier? Did I call and complain that everyone else on the road was also doing 50? He should just thank his stars the camera wasn't there every day of the week and slow down.


You sound like a terrible person. When you have to sit through 10 lights all of which are timed poorly, your commute just got 10-30 minutes tacked on just for waiting at the lights. That is if in fact you make the light with one light change. I live 6 miles from work and it takes me 40 minutes to an hour because the lights are timed horrible which causes massive bottle necks. Meanwhile, the side streets have like a couple cars turn off of them. I don't know where you live, but hardly anyone seems to drive the posted speed limit. There are blatant speed traps, got to love having bridges that drop to 30 mph after having a 40 mph speed limit at the start. You don't even realize the speed limit drops until you get tagged by the cop that sits at the base of it every day. Even with that, use common sense, don't speed in a farking school zone or in a heavily populated area with lots of cross traffic and pedestrians and don't weave in and out.
 
2012-12-13 06:47:20 PM

cig-mkr: I thought they developed a plastic you put over your plate that wouldn't allow a camera to read it.


They did not.

They developed a plastic that gullible people like you will pay exorbitant amounts for thinking it will, though...
=Smidge=
 
2012-12-13 06:47:55 PM
The '8B88B8BB' or '1II11I11I' or '0OOOO0O' style plate won't (shouldn't) work, because in most areas they will not issue multiple plates that can be confused for each other.

That is, if there is already a plate that says 'IOBS', then '1OBS', 'I0BS', 'IO8S', 'IOB5', etc. will not be issued. 

As for the plate obscuring covers, how could you possibly imagine those would be legal, and won't get you pulled over and given a ticket at some point? I've been pulled over (but not given a ticket, just a warning+papers check) for a burned out plate lamp.
 
2012-12-13 07:03:06 PM

Mimic_Octopus: auto play videos with audio on by default ??!?!?!?! what the fark ?!?! some of us are in offices here y'know


That's why I keep my computer's volume turned off. I only turn on the speakers when I intend to listen to something.
 
2012-12-13 07:16:32 PM

occamswrist: Worst timed lights I've ever seen was throughout Albuquerque, NM. First in line and accelerating when the light turns green and by the time you are 100 ft from the next intersection the light is turning red.

I think they timed the lights to be perfectly off.


If you're traveling east or west in the Heights, you can generally leave the first light a bit slower than normal and get in the middle of the cycle. Then you'll hit them all green downstream, as long as you're moving at 35 mph. (Even on the streets like Comanche or Menaul with 30 or 40 mph speed limits.) Of course, there are times that traveling at 35 mph on Menaul is gonna piss off a lot of other drivers, but that's how they're timed.
 
2012-12-13 07:19:04 PM

lake_huron: special20: Godscrack:
Plate flipper + pull down your sun visor.
Difficulty: You have to remember to when to do it
For the nerds:

Nice drop table command - which would be awesome if it really worked. lol 

/you get the idea

Clearly owned by little Bobby Tables?

/Can't post a third XKCD to the thread, I'm at work.


I can do that.
/WFH
//LOL
 
2012-12-13 07:21:31 PM

phaseolus: beantowndog: Sounds like the photos needed some circles and arrows.

And a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was.


Arlo says hi
 
2012-12-13 07:24:13 PM

the money is in the banana stand:
You sound like a terrible person. When you have to sit through 10 lights all of which are timed poorly, your commute just got 10-30 minutes tacked on just for waiting at the lights. That is if in fact you make the light with one light change. I live 6 miles from work and it takes me 40 minutes to an hour because the lights are timed horrible which causes massive bottle necks. Meanwhile, the side streets have like a couple cars turn off of them. I don't know where you live, but hardly anyone seems to drive the posted speed limit. There are blatant speed traps, got to love having bridges that drop to 30 mph after having a 40 mph speed limit at the start. You don't even realize the speed limit drops until you get tagged by the cop that sits at the base of it every day. Even with that, use common sense, don't speed in a farking school zone or in a heavily populated area with lots of cross traffic and pedestrians and don't weave in and out.


I have an hour commute each way if traffic doesn't hit any snarls and most of my route is in the middle of construction, so the chances of no snarls...I have a hell of a lot more then 10 lights, lanes randomly shut down, and double fines for most of my drive because of work zones. You break the law, you deal with the consequences. Don't biatch about how it's not your fault.
 
2012-12-13 07:28:48 PM

A Shambling Mound: You don't ever HAVE to do 15/20 over a posted limit. Ever. Period.


Except on a lot of roads the posted speed limit is purposely set low to give cops a justification to pull you over for any reason they want to.

/Justice Kennedy actually made a comment on this during an interview
//where I live the posted limit is 65. no one goes below 85.
 
2012-12-13 07:41:47 PM

gingerjet: A Shambling Mound: You don't ever HAVE to do 15/20 over a posted limit. Ever. Period.

Except on a lot of roads the posted speed limit is purposely set low to give cops a justification to pull you over for any reason they want to.

/Justice Kennedy actually made a comment on this during an interview
//where I live the posted limit is 65. no one goes below 85.


I live in Texas and frequently travel north / south across the state. You do not have to explain speed traps to me.You may have to explain how the simple existence of a speed trap makes it necessary to exceed the speed limit because that makes no sense whatsoever to me.

If the posted speed limit is 65 and everyone goes 85 then no one should be surprised when they get a ticket. They are welcome to be dismayed that they are the one that got plucked but it doesn't change the fact that they were actually speeding.

I hate artificially low speed limits as much as anyone else but I haven't gotten a speeding ticket since I was 16 and somehow I still manage to get everywhere I need to get on time and without stressing myself out.
 
2012-12-13 07:46:26 PM
there's a camera near me that goes off at the strangest times. Usually when cars are making legal left or right turns.
 
2012-12-13 07:46:38 PM

Biner: occamswrist: Worst timed lights I've ever seen was throughout Albuquerque, NM. First in line and accelerating when the light turns green and by the time you are 100 ft from the next intersection the light is turning red.

I think they timed the lights to be perfectly off.

If you're traveling east or west in the Heights, you can generally leave the first light a bit slower than normal and get in the middle of the cycle. Then you'll hit them all green downstream, as long as you're moving at 35 mph. (Even on the streets like Comanche or Menaul with 30 or 40 mph speed limits.) Of course, there are times that traveling at 35 mph on Menaul is gonna piss off a lot of other drivers, but that's how they're timed.


There's a stretch of road where the speed limit is 40, you have to drive at 30 to make it through two lights without touching your breaks and then immediately accelerate to ~42-44 to make it through the next 2 before they turn yellow. Somehow every other car on the road gets the speeds backwards and regularly fark up my system.
 
2012-12-13 07:51:28 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: fark those cameras. When I got popped for a ticket I ended up calling the company because I had one very simple question: why do I only have one ticket when I should have 364 other tickets because I, and everyone else on this particular stretch of road, knows that you have to do +15/20 over the posted limit of 50 to make it through one particular intersection in order to make the rest of the 5 intersections at the posted limit. The man explained to me that the camera actually clocks every single car that goes through the intersection, a police officer reviews them, and then chooses who to give tickets to.


The reason the lights are timed that way or the reason the speed camera is there, depending on which was done first, is to generate revenue. Given that people largely caught on to altering things after the fact the speed camera location was probably chosen due to the bad signal timing.

Photo enforcement cannot make money when traffic control devices (signs, signals, markings, speed limits, etc) are engineered and set up properly. That's not that there aren't violators to ticket, just not enough of them to pay for the expensive equipment, its care, and the people to run the whole thing. Because of this they are set up where there are per-existing or especially created problems with the underlying traffic engineering. Short yellows, mistimed lights, under posted speed limits, and so on.

15-20 over you might as well just suck it up in most places if you aren't going to accept a ticket every year or two, even if it was human cops doing the ticketing. Me I just want to get up to five -under- the speed limit with decent acceleration to make the greens on my commute. Instead I stuck behind these slow drivers I could beat on my bicycle.
 
2012-12-13 07:55:28 PM
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2012-12-13 08:01:58 PM
Man, I love Los Angeles for just this reason: I can do 90 in front of a cop and still not get pulled over. Red car too.
 
2012-12-13 08:17:16 PM

Elzar: In the photo, the car clearly is parked beyond the white stop line - which is technically a failure to stop.

[theinfosphere.org image 225x169]


So, let me get this right, I have three choices: 1) go thru a short caution and get a ticket 2) stop with my car over the line and get a ticket 3) approach the intersection at 5mph to avoid either of the above and get a farking ticket for impeding traffic

Sounds right..
 
2012-12-13 08:28:02 PM
FTFA: WASHINGTON - When Daniel Doty got a $40 speeding ticket for driving 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone, he was outraged because he wasn't speeding.

In fact, his Mazda 5 was stopped.

Two photos issued with the citation as evidence show Doty's car was stopped at a red light with its brake lights on, reports The Baltimore Sun. The car is shown motionless as traffic passes by on a cross street.



Hmm... Maybe he was overly motionless?  Exceeding the stop limit?
 
2012-12-13 08:37:54 PM

sandi_fish: $40.00 ticket is a dream. In CA my redlight ticket was $480.00 for my first ticket. That SUCKED.


That's because CA's legislature kowtowed to the greedy SCAMera companies like Nestor and Redflex.The fines are artificially inflated to give the companies their cut of the booty. I'm sure, like with CA's moving violation tickets (which are, strangely, for the most part much cheaper than SCAMera tickets - $150-250 range), there are handouts in there for courthouse improvements and god knows what else.

Give 'em time - SCAMeras are slowly disappearing from a lot of places - not because of safety (duh) but because there aren't enough violators to make them profitable.
 
2012-12-13 08:41:19 PM

netringer: Sure, his brakes lights were on, but he was still moving at nearly 1000 miles per hour!


Relatively speaking, that is a close approximation, you forgot to account for altitude and other factor such as rotation within the milkyway, How many sonic booms did you count?

I remember their used to be a government publication on how to beat radar guns in a court of law. A hot water heater standing still registered 48 MPH, and the shape of the grill on a BMW multiplied the readings etc.

Really, where I grew up there was a big hill you had to come down as you came into town. Most everybody had mounted a little brake light toggle switch under the dash so that they could flash their brake lights and it would look like they were trying to slow down as they actually sped up. This was an enormous savings on brake repairs, not to mention speeding tickets. "I was trying to slow down, didn't you see my brake lights were on?"
 
2012-12-13 08:46:23 PM
Ticketed in April ... hmm ... worse April fools prank ever?
 
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