Thursday, January 6, 2011

minor victory for a Man fighting speedtraps

There are so many things wrong with the way traffic enforcement is setup stateside. From inadequate training, too easy of a license test, people being indifferent about car condition/maintenance and the vast majority of highway drivers not knowing that the LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING (something I get particularly heated about). Speedtraps are the next thing that really annoy me. Its mostly because of arbitrarily assigned speed limits, but its partially because they aren't there for the safety of local citizens, only for collecting fines for the local government. More and more money is wasted on setting up speed cameras, police stakeout areas (when they could be patrolling or otherwise being utilized) solely to gouge somebody in a grey Volkswagen on a spirited ride... (totally random example).

A man in Texas has had enough. He has setup the below linked site, Speed Trap Ahead, to deal with it.

From his site:

Have you ever seen anyone flash their lights at you on the highway?
They are probably telling you of something to be cautious about on the road ahead.

Perhaps, debris on the road. Maybe some deer next to the shoulder.

Many times, it is to warn drivers that there is a police speed trap ahead.
Not a lot of people flash their lights to warn others nowadays; but, I DO!
And, when I see a speed trap, I go back up the road a bit, and stand on the sidewalk, wearing my SpeedTrapAhead t-shirt.

The shirt came to be because originally he was carrying a sign, which got him in trouble. The T-Shirt was how he circumvented that problem. After a while he started getting attention of the local authorities and was finally arrested.

From the Jalopnik link below:

So it was not surprising to Mitchell when the police chief in his hometown of Lakeway flagged him down during one of his demonstrations in April 2009. After several minutes of discussion, officers arrested Mitchell for several code violations, taking the unusual step of handcuffing him and hauling him to jail for booking. Thanks to the help of an attorney upset by the arrest, Mitchell contested his charges.

Well, he won, click the links to see the details and a video from his time warning motorists.

Story link->
His site ->

Studies about when budgets get cut, speeding tickets increase, and that out-of-town drivers are more likely to get written up. -> and

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