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2017-03-20 08:09:10 PM  

berylman: I swear I am the only person who drives the absolute speed limit +/- 1-2 mph at all times without extenuating circumstances. I feel like the square guy from Dragnet.


Keep to the right and we are all friends.
 
2017-03-20 08:13:06 PM  

TorpedoOrca: JNowe: HoratioGates:
So now we are creating a database of the people who are obeying the law?

Pretty sure there's already a database somewhere containing all registered drivers.

In some cities they even have time-stamped gps coordinates for every driver at any given time. Neat huh


Did you know that nothing will grow in the soil around those cities?
 
2017-03-20 08:23:36 PM  

Salmon: Marcus Aurelius: Self driving cars will have an unfair advantage.

And they'll spend the money on stupid shiat instead of cocaine.


What about 1/8 of shrooms and 10 grams of weed, set to a psychedelic rock/trance soundtrack?
 
2017-03-20 08:30:20 PM  

Fano: Keep to the right and we are all friends.

Yes, indeed.
 
2017-03-20 08:48:29 PM  
The only people who obey the speed limit are drunks, people with no license/insurance, people with outstanding warrants, and people with trunks full of drugs.
 
2017-03-20 08:55:39 PM  
This is actually simpler. All revenue collected by the locality is distributed evenly to any driver without a ticket.

Won't be a lot of money but police now have no incentive to bother their citizens all day.
 
2017-03-20 09:05:01 PM  

Mister Peejay: The only people who obey the speed limit are drunks, people with no license/insurance, people with outstanding warrants, and people with trunks full of drugs.

Hey now, you forgot people who those who wank it to the DMV handbook. ok that was tmi
 
2017-03-20 09:43:57 PM  
Charge a little more for speeding tickets that goes to the lottery and the counties will get behind it for sure.  So long as they still get their share, gamifying driving the speed limit is a great farking idea that appeals to the basest of human brain stuff.  Way more than the risk of a ticket, that is for sure.
 
2017-03-20 09:48:29 PM  

capt.hollister: HoratioGates: "The idea? Put a speed monitor on a busy highway. But instead of simply ticketing the fastest drivers, the monitor would capture an image of the license plates of the drivers who obey the speed limit, then enter them into a lottery."

So now we are creating a database of the people who are obeying the law?

Traffic cameras are already doing this. When you're out and about you have no privacy.


I hit smartest to skim the thread and saw that post and wanted to add this.  Every time your license plate is registered on a camera, it is in some database somewhere.  Thanks war on terror!
They don't do shiat with the data, but it is there, along with all of the facial recognition software running on security cameras.  The legwork is all there for the surveillance state, they just don't have the manpower to act on it.  They have the storage capacity, see also the NSA data warehouse in Utah.
 
2017-03-20 10:48:48 PM  
This would never work in Los Angeles, where it's impossible to reach a speed even approaching the limit.
 
2017-03-20 10:57:41 PM  

0z79: Salmon: Marcus Aurelius: Self driving cars will have an unfair advantage.

And they'll spend the money on stupid shiat instead of cocaine.

What about 1/8 of shrooms and 10 grams of weed, set to a psychedelic rock/trance soundtrack?


that would be cool though too, but I'll bet the cars are more straight edge than that.
 
2017-03-21 01:21:36 AM  

Mister Peejay: The only people who obey the speed limit are drunks, people with no license/insurance, people with outstanding warrants, and people with trunks full of drugs.


I can tell you definitively, from first hand knowledge, that this is incorrect.

Drunks THINK they are holding the speed limit but really tend to slow down and speed up a lot while driving. Their speed on a graph would look like a sound wave.

People with licence, insurance or warrant issues tend to only modify their driving when they suspect there's a cop nearby, and they will take extra turns of their route to avoid the attention of that cop. Last-second right turn decisions are actually a key indicator.  So is a male 18-40 driving a vehicle registered to a woman. Sexist, but statistically valid.

A large number of drivers diligently follow speed limits within a very few mph for no other reason than its the law.  There are also those (like me, to be honest) who know that even photo radar won't tag you at 5-7mph (8-10km) over unless it's a school zone. We tend to make good use of that cushion.

Want to know some REAL tricks to avoiding tickets?  Okay.
-Don't be the fastest car in a pack.
-Avoid the left lane...It's the first one looked at by the guy with the laser as to crest the hill.
-Keep your speed within the lowest violation threshold.  In most provinces that's anything less than 10 mph or 16 km over.  The smaller ticket isn't usually worth it.
-Slow down at night.  Especially outside the city, its the statistically most dangerous time to speed, so the tolerance is lower.
-Dont tailgate or lane-hop. Aggression such as filling up the mirrors of the slowpoke in front of you draws attention to you and very quickly evaporates any chance of a warning.
-Use your cruise control. Any time I'm on a freeway or highway, even in the city, I use it to help me avoid fluctuations in my speed.

Finally, theost important piece of advice: NEVER pay a ticket outright. Always plead not guilty, request Discovery and a trial.  Even if you're caught dead to rights you have a fair chance the officer will either be unavailable for court or the prosecution will offer a reduced charge with a smaller fine on the day of the hearing. (Recently I got one reduced from a proper speeding ticket down to a photo radar charge. Less money, no demerits and doesn't impact my insurance. Just by showing up.) If you can spare the time off work, it is almost always going to at least save you SOME money.

Happy driving!
 
2017-03-21 04:20:41 AM  
Funny how non-drivers are getting to avoid this scheme, isn't it?

Something to hide? Maybe there should be a database for them.
 
2017-03-21 07:46:51 AM  
Highroller48:
-Keep your speed within the lowest violation threshold.  In most provinces that's anything less than 10 mph or 16 km over.  The smaller ticket isn't usually worth it.

That threshold exists mostly because it falls within the error range of most car speedometers. Speedometers are not precision instruments.

I generally agree with the rest of your post. On the highway, if I'm in a hurry, I set the cruise control at exactly 118km/h which is the unofficial speed limit in Québec, but most of the time it's at 110km/h which is a speed guaranteed not to attract any attention while returning amazing fuel consumption. That's still 10km/h over the posted speed limit.  

 
2017-03-21 08:34:19 AM  

capt.hollister: Highroller48:
-Keep your speed within the lowest violation threshold.  In most provinces that's anything less than 10 mph or 16 km over.  The smaller ticket isn't usually worth it.

That threshold exists mostly because it falls within the error range of most car speedometers. Speedometers are not precision instruments.


Hmm.

That's a bit misleading, because inaccurate speedometers aren't usually an actual defense.  You're required to keep your car in good repair.  That's why there isn't any legal "allowance" for speeding...One of the most common urban myths of them all.

Just like many crimes have degrees, so does speeding in most places, and for the same reasons
 
2017-03-21 10:28:54 AM  

HoratioGates: JNowe: HoratioGates:
So now we are creating a database of the people who are obeying the law?

Pretty sure there's already a database somewhere containing all registered drivers.

We do, but we aren't supposed to keep a database of where they are at any given time (although in practice we do, since most cop cars scan plates pretty regularly and EZPass gives you away on toll roads.)


We wouldn't necessarily need to track anybody.  Like SlowTimedRapid mentioned above, the lottery pool could be the registered drivers list - those with violations.
 
2017-03-21 10:36:48 AM  

SkittleBrau: berylman: Cosmic Cowboy: No, the streets are loaded with assholes like you around here (northern VA)

No, it's cool and I get it and get honked at sometimes.  And yes I will speed up just to keep the flow of traffic on pace.

How thoughtful of you.

1. Traffic that is moving at the same general speed = very, very safe driving conditions
2. Traffic that is moving at different speeds, but those speeds are segregated within lanes such that vehicles within a lane are all moving at the same general speed = safe driving conditions (but not very, very safe)
3.Traffic that is moving at different speeds AND those speeds are scattered across the lanes (meaning some jackwad is sitting up front "doing the speed limit" in the passing lane), causing all the reasonable and safe drivers to have to pass on the wrong side = needlessly unsafe driving conditions because some martyr feels the need to play law enforcer, causing anger and rage for dozens of drivers caught in their wake.

If everybody is driving the same speed due to an artificial restraint, like a cop in the median, a "safety" camera or some other hindrance such that everybody is all bunched up nose-to-tail, that is far from safe driving conditions. If everybody is driving the same speed because the speed limit, the road conditions and all other factors cooperate to let everybody drive at a speed where everybody is comfortable driving at that speed, speeds go up, space between vehicles drastically increases and safety is at its highest possible level.

/set speed limits at 85th percentile not at what makes the most dough-ray-meee
//if you aren't passing stay the fark out of the passing lane
///don't drive the interstate/autobahn/motorway if high speeds scare you


General Rule is never fight a battle on two fronts.
To make progress with old, broken, technologically out of date, cash cow traffic laws you are gonna need to divide and conquer the phony "safety as stupid as stupid allows" Lobby from the "every moron gets a license" Lobby. The money is just too sweet.
 
2017-03-21 07:28:58 PM  

vudukungfu: I'm OK with using the door on crotch rockets splitting lanes.


Not ok. NOT OK.
 
2017-03-21 09:02:31 PM  

ISO15693: vudukungfu: I'm OK with using the door on crotch rockets splitting lanes.

Not ok. NOT OK.


Agreed.  That's what spiked rims are for.
 
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