Fark_Guy_Rob: And from this you end up with official (or unofficial) ticket quota systems. Overzealous enforcement (I'm parked 2" behind the white line - but I got a ticket?!?!). Ridiculous fines and appeal processes (pay $300 now, or go to court and pay $500), dangerous/criminal acts designed to 'catch' unsuspecting motorists - like artificially lowering a speed limit on a stretch of highway so that the flow of traffic routinely exceeds it, shortening of yellow lights, adding red-light cameras....all things that have been shown time and time again to make the roads *unsafe* - but are great ways of generating revenue.
nytmare: Seems to be a common attitude among internet drivers that they can blow through a red light as long as they're turning right, or on a bicycle. Which is completely wrong. You have to stop first, turn or no turn, car or bicycle.
UtileDysfunktion: I've noticed cones and barricades going up weeks before any work actually starts and a co-worker got slapped with a doubled fine for speeding in a work zone where there wasn't a worker anywhere in sight. I think the County has found a new source of revenue.
pedobearapproved: I got a fix it ticket for having insurance but not having the card on me. It expired two days before and I hadn't seen the mail with the new card in it or I would have put it in the car. Anyway the cop gives me the ticket and says I have to go to court to prove I had insurance during the time (some dude turned into my car while I was at a stop sign, and that's why the cops checked).Long story short I show up to court with my valid insurance card and get $90 in court costs, and charges dismissed. That sounds like a fine to me, but not to the courts. I am still shocked they can get away with that crap.
Oatworm: On the bright side, speed limits in Nevada are generally pretty reasonable, though the Burning Man crowd will be absolutely thrilled to discover that they dropped the speed limit out of Gerlach down to 55 until just before Pyramid Lake. Supposedly it's due to some road damage caused by some flooding over the past month, but part of me strongly suspects it's to make a bit of money in late August when Burners come and visit.
postnobills: The one and only ticket I've ever had was in a little speed trap town in the middle of the Nevada desert called Ely. 63 in a 60. I was planning to stop over for the night: Get a room, a couple of meals, a few drinks, gamble a bit. Spend some desperately needed money in the town. Instead, I paid the ticket and decided to push on through to Vegas. Now do you really think that was the greater economic benefit to the town?
Gecko Gingrich: I pulled over not a mile from my destination and got a "Call tomorrow and they'll tell you your fine" ticket for going 75 in a 55, on a practically empty, *extremely* well-lit, 10 lane (5 in each direction) divided highway. I called the next day and was told my fine would be $450, $550 if I didn't pay within 14 days. That was 12 years ago; I still haven't paid it. The whole, "Call and we'll tell you the fine" sounded too much like, "Let's fark out-of-towers and minorities (I am not one)". fark Georgia.
Alphakronik: Mt. Tabor, Vermont sounds like fun.Get caught speeding? Better be able to only out run one Camaro.Sounds like a challenge.
ChaosStar: Ga 40-14-8(a) No county, city, or campus officer shall be allowed to make a case based on the use of any speed detection device, unless the speed of the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by more than ten miles per hour and no conviction shall be had thereon unless such speed is more than ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit.
frostus: SarcasticFark: I'm with you, Subby. Vermont sucks./I can spit into Vermont from my NH doorstep/I do...frequentlyWe pee on NH.
ChaosStar: dforkus: Georgia cops will give up to 10 over pretty much everywhere, on the ATL interstates that is probably closer to 20...I haven't heard of 1000 dollar tickets here, I assume that would only get dolled out for jackasses doing 25 over in school zone or something like that...// worlds tiniest violinGa 40-14-8(a) No county, city, or campus officer shall be allowed to make a case based on the use of any speed detection device, unless the speed of the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by more than ten miles per hour and no conviction shall be had thereon unless such speed is more than ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit.I had fun with that one when I lived in Ga
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