Sunday, February 12, 2006

Unfair Traffic Laws

What it looks like when you come to a complete stop.One of my coworkers received a lovely gift a few days ago from the city police department—a certificate good for $101. Good for requiring my coworker to pay $101 to the city, that is. The infraction: failing to come to a stop at a stop sign.

When he shared the tale (with anyone who would listen), he expressed frustration that even though he almost stopped, he would have received the same penalty if he had just blown right through the stop. I think he's got a point here. There should be more kinds of citations for this type of thing than just "failure to come to a complete stop." There ought to be "failure to come to more than an almost-complete stop," and "failure to slow down very much," and "failure to slow down at all."

That would be a much more equitable system, don't you think?
Categories: Personal

2 Comments:

Blogger LotharBot said...

A lot of sports have normal fouls and flagrant fouls. Maybe they should do the same for traffic laws... a "flagrant failure to stop" ticket should cost 3 times as much as a "failure to stop" ticket.

10:21 AM, February 14, 2006  
Anonymous Carl said...

Problem is, slowing down as you pass through an intersection only increases your chances of being hit. Only when turning right should slowing down be good enough. I'm bothered a lot more by how poorly intersections are trimmed (here in gainesville, FL). Often times you need to be in the lane of perpendicular traffic just to see if anyone is coming. That's just irresponsible.

7:51 AM, February 20, 2006  

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