posted on May, 17 2013 @ 06:10 PM
In Colorado, I recently received an $85.00 ticket for a "rolling stop" at a red light. Basically I approached at under 10 mph, and even came to a
full stop for just a moment, about 2 feet into the crosswalk. Of course, no one was coming.. it was a safe right turn, the kind people have been
making their entire lives. And yet I was fined. Everyone I showed the video to (they mail you a link to watch yourself making the infraction), was
incredulous I got a ticket for that.
Right hand turns are the LEAST likely to cause an accident, yet they are their highest revenue. Trying to say they are trying to avoid right-turn
accidents is ridiculous. It's solely for the revenue.
And they bend the laws IN YOUR FAVOR for this "crime." Typically running a red light would be a moving violation, requiring loss of points on your
license, possibly going to a class, etc. But for these devices, they magically waive the moving violation part. Why? Because you won't fight it.
Further, the amount of the ticket is cleverly decided upon. You have to go to court TWICE if you want to fight it. So they make it so that the
amount is high enough to make a good profit, but not so high as to make you want to lose hours of work to go to court twice to fight it. No moving
violation.. loss of work hours over two days.. of course you are just going to pay the fine.
Which is exactly what they want.. and it's akin to the most sleazy scams I've seen in the past. What happens when I approach the red light now? I
come to a full stop prior to the crosswalk. And as a result, I've almost been rear-ended three times - I've had people lay on their horn because of
this. Because it's not NORMAL. Normal behavior for a right turn is watch the crosswalks, make sure no one is there as you approach the turn, turn
carefully. That is what people expect. It does cause more accidents, because it makes people react in ways they are not used to reacting.
edit on 17-5-2013 by fleabit because: (no reason given)