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06 August 2007 @ 10:55 am
 
i was at the intersection of beechnut and south rice today and i saw a cop behind a lexus rx at the left-turn lane across the way. say the cop saw a crime occurring and needed to turn left. once it put its lights on, the lexus would have to turn left to get out of the way, even if the light was red. with these new cameras, a picture would be taken of the lexus and the driver would get a ticket. to my knowledge, the camera only captures the license plate and windshield. there would be no proof that a cop was behind them with its lights on. there's no way the police officer could record the license plate number of ALL the cars in front of them at a light who have to run it and there's no way the lexus could have written down the cop car number. and i know tickets don't get issued to police cars, so the timing couldn't be compared for evidence. that would seriously suck for the person driving the lexus. anybody know about this?

also, if i'm right, you could probably get out of a ticket for running a red light by saying a cop or ambulance or something was behind you. not that i advocate being a dick like that or anything, just saying.


also, my mom got a job offer from halliburton. livejournal's spelling suggestion for "halliburton" is "Excalibur's." also of interest is that if you type "Livejournal" into this, it's listed as incorrectly spelled. life is good.


edit: k, so i did a little research in the traffic situation. that's a "necessity defense" and it usually doesn't work because there's little if any evidence. of interest, however, was a case in which a woman had been drinking heavily at her summer cabin in california. her disabled daughter was with her. they soon noticed a former acquaintance of theirs with whom they had a bad history. basically, the guy was dangerous. he started walking around the house suspiciously. obviously, since this was their summer house, the guy was there to interact with them. they were scared and called 911, but if you've ever dealt with emergency services, you know that unless someone is dying, nothing happens for a long time. after about 20 minutes, they begin to suspect the guy is trying to break in and decide they need to leave. the woman drove them into town. she was pulled over for erratic driving and immediately arrested. i don't know what to think about this. the erratic driving was probably a mixture of her intoxication and nerves, but nonetheless, she was drunk. the reason a necessity defense did not apply was because one of the stipulations of it is being in "immediate danger." because there was no evidence of attempted forced entry or attack. i definitely feel for the woman, she was just trying to protect her child, but at the same time, it's irresponsible to be that intoxicated while you are the only adult around a child, especially a disabled one. but which was the best protection: avoiding attack or risking drunk driving? the description of the case as to what the nature of the relationship between the guy and the two women was was pretty vague, so i guess i can't make a solid judgement, but i know she lost in the end. quite interesting.
 
 
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Sanderserotic_sweaters on August 6th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
The camera probably doesn't discern between regular car and emergency vehicle, so it would probably take a picture of the cop car too right? And then there would be a picture of the cop running the light a couple of seconds after the other car ran the light, even if the cop didn't get a ticket for it, and then the law abiding citizen would not, in fact, be completely fucked. Hooray.
 the underscores are silent___mari on August 6th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
the picture is taken but the ticket is never issued. it's just discarded. cops are pretty much above the law.
Sanderserotic_sweaters on August 6th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
isn't it awesome how that works?
 the underscores are silent___mari on August 7th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
seriously.
sophieaqua_lampshade on August 7th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
The whole idea of the red light camera disgusts me.
 the underscores are silent___mari on August 7th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
it has deterred running red lights by quite a lot, but still, you never know what else those cameras are monitoring.