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Cop claims hes issued nearly 800 tickets for texting and driving
WSB-TV ^ | 9-20-2013

Posted on 09/24/2013 6:57:08 AM PDT by markomalley

Channel 2 Action News has learned one Gwinnett County police officer has given more tickets for texting and driving than any other officer in the state.

Ch. 2’s Amanda Cook spoke with the officer about how drivers are making it so easy for him to give the tickets.

Gwinnett County Police Officer Jessie Myers said if you do anything on your phone besides make or receive a phone call, he will pull you over. He said the most common place to catch you in the act right at traffic lights.

“I’ve written almost 800 tickets for unlawful communications device this year," Myers said..

Myers expects he'll reach 1,000 tickets by year's end.

"Probably not going to be hard for me to do at the pace I'm on," Myers said.

Myer said he sees most people typing away on their phones while waiting at red lights.

"Most people think they're safe there," Myers said.

However, he said it’s still illegal.

"At a red light, you're still driving. according to the law. You're on a roadway, behind (the wheel of) a car, in charge of it, with a vehicle in drive," Myers said.

Myers said most people don't realize you can't access any Internet or web-based data while driving.

"All applications are web-based to some extent, including navigation," Myers said.

One driver said she was just using her phone's GPS. The law forbids that and Myers issued her a ticket.

"That's right. You can't use your navigation while driving. Unless it is a GPS-only device, such as Garmin or Tom Tom, something that is not used as a communication device," Myers said.

The officer told us a little trick he uses: If he can't see your screen directly, he just counts the number of times you touch your screen.

“If it’s beyond 10, they're not making a phone call," Myers said.

Eight hundred tickets later, Myers hopes some drivers have learned phones are for phone calls only.

"This may stop them from picking up their phone five miles down the road or three days from now,” Myers said.


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While I appreciate not being allowed to text while going down the road, at a red light?

Using a GPS map program on your phone?

I never realized how safe Gwinnett County was until I read this piece...where I live, cops are needed to stop crime.

1 posted on 09/24/2013 6:57:08 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Yer not a cop.

You’re on a power trip.


2 posted on 09/24/2013 6:59:19 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: markomalley
This guys very good I bet you that a high percentage of the citations given out the driver admits to texting after the stop.

Don't convict yourself remain silent.

3 posted on 09/24/2013 7:00:32 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: markomalley

Good!


4 posted on 09/24/2013 7:01:49 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: markomalley
Is his ringtone the sound of a cash register?
5 posted on 09/24/2013 7:01:58 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Why is our military going to be used as Al Qaeda's air force in Syria?)
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To: markomalley

People who text or talk on cell phones while they drive are fools who endanger the rest of us. I have no problem with what this cop is doing.


6 posted on 09/24/2013 7:02:26 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: markomalley

“at a red light? “

Morons don’t notice when the light turns green


7 posted on 09/24/2013 7:04:03 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: markomalley

If he ticketed me he had better be prepared to show up in court and swear under oath how he could magically see into up into my SUV from sitting much lower in a patrol car and be able to tell through my tinted windows in the couple seconds he was beside me that I had a phone in my hand as opposed to another dark object such as a wallet or eyeglass case and I was using said phone to text as opposed to simply holding it.


8 posted on 09/24/2013 7:05:21 AM PDT by apillar
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To: AppyPappy

“Morons don’t notice when the light turns green”

Bingo


9 posted on 09/24/2013 7:06:51 AM PDT by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AppyPappy

Yes they do! Right after the car behind them blasts their horn! LOL


10 posted on 09/24/2013 7:07:19 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: AppyPappy

It’s a new category of wasted time...yearly total of waiting for the idiot in front of you to look up and realize the light has turned green.


11 posted on 09/24/2013 7:07:29 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: utahagen
People who text or talk on cell phones while they drive are fools who endanger the rest of us. I have no problem with what this cop is doing.

I couldn't agree more. That cop is saving lives.

12 posted on 09/24/2013 7:08:27 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: utahagen

But let’s face it, we’re a nation of wee baby-dults. We’ll do as we damn well please, consequences be damned.


13 posted on 09/24/2013 7:08:49 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: apillar

Are you planning to lie under oath, Mr Clinton?


14 posted on 09/24/2013 7:09:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: utahagen
People who text or talk on cell phones while they drive are fools who endanger the rest of us. I have no problem with what this cop is doing.

Ditto. They're operating a multi-ton piece of machinery containing massive kinetic energy among people in public. A little responsibility is warranted.

15 posted on 09/24/2013 7:09:42 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: riverrunner

“Do you know why I pulled you over?”

“Uh, yer a cop?”


16 posted on 09/24/2013 7:09:45 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: markomalley
Note to self. Take small notepad and pen in car. When stopped at light repeatedly write "You s*ck, jokes on you" on pad. When pulled over ...

While I think that would be extremely funny, I'm sure the cop in this story wouldn't find it funny at all. As someone else pointed out, that must be a great place to live where cops have nothing better to do. I always think that same thing when I see speed traps set up on deserted rural roads. No assaults, property crimes, meth labs, nothing for you guys to be looking into today? Just going to chill on the side of the road and rake in a few $ for the County?

17 posted on 09/24/2013 7:10:04 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: AppyPappy
Morons don’t notice when the light turns green

That's why it's best to be first in line at the red light.

There's always somebody behind you to alert you to the change...

< /sarcasm>

18 posted on 09/24/2013 7:10:29 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: markomalley

Cops: revenuers for the welfare state.


19 posted on 09/24/2013 7:10:40 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why haven't we heard from the 30 Benghazi survivors?)
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To: markomalley

Let’s be real honest here. The purpose of the law is to punish distracted driving. The spirit of the law is to prevent death, injury, or property damage. While technically you are “driving” while at a red light, how distracted are you? What is the likelihood of causing a traffic collision? The worst situation I can imagine is some idiot punching out a person who has not moved when the light turned green, but I think that would be minimal.

Most states already have laws against distracted driving. If someone is swerving and unable to maintain their position in a lane, they are either intoxicated or distracted (most of the time). In either case, the driver needs to be stopped and an investigation to ensure. An arrest for driving under the influence or a ticket for distracted driving could be the consequence, depending on the facts.

To single out a form of communication is ridiculous, in my humble opinion.


20 posted on 09/24/2013 7:11:19 AM PDT by Glennb51
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To: Wolfie

I think the power trip description was accurate. What goes around comes around.


21 posted on 09/24/2013 7:11:40 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: apillar

He will get time off or overtime for his time in court. Either way, he wins and the taxpayers lose. That is how wonderful our system of crime fighting works here.


22 posted on 09/24/2013 7:15:35 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: markomalley

Good for him! I was rear ended two months ago while driving down the road at 45 MPH by a ditz who was texting. That’s right...I was rear ended, while driving...not stopped at a light or slowing for a turn...moving steadily down the road. She was doing at least 60.


23 posted on 09/24/2013 7:16:43 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: markomalley

Great, teach people to not text at a red light, and save their texting for while they’re driving at 70mph.

Have you all noticed the “texting gap”? The guy in front of you leaves an enormous following distance in front of him. On a multi-lane highway, everyone cuts in front of him, making you late for work. That is they guy the cops should be ticketing.


24 posted on 09/24/2013 7:16:53 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Uncle Miltie
Cops: revenuers for the welfare state.

Do you want a society without any law enforcement whatsoever? Really?

25 posted on 09/24/2013 7:17:30 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: AppyPappy
Are you planning to lie under oath, Mr Clinton?

Certainly not, in fact I, being the defendant, will never even be under oath, but the cop will, that is if he even shows up, most will simply skip the hearing meaning the ticket is thrown out by the court. I got out of one ticket like that back in the 1990's, several years ago I got out of another one because the cop wrote an incorrect VIN number on the ticket. It's worth it to go to court for traffic tickets, 70% of the time you will win.

26 posted on 09/24/2013 7:17:49 AM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar
If he ticketed me he had better be prepared to show up in court and swear under oath how he could magically see into up into my SUV from sitting much lower in a patrol car and be able to tell through my tinted windows in the couple seconds he was beside me that I had a phone in my hand as opposed to another dark object such as a wallet or eyeglass case and I was using said phone to text as opposed to simply holding it.

All he has to do is get a copy of your cell phone records, which will document the date and time of your activity on the phone, if you were on the phone.

If you were not on the phone, the charges would be dropped.

27 posted on 09/24/2013 7:19:46 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Night Hides Not
All he has to do is get a copy of your cell phone records, which will document the date and time of your activity on the phone, if you were on the phone. If you were not on the phone, the charges would be dropped.

Trust me, having worked in the legal field for 15 years, no law enforcement agency is going go through the time and effort of getting a subpeona for cell phone records for a $100 traffic violation....

28 posted on 09/24/2013 7:23:29 AM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

When the judge asks you a question, you WILL be under oath.


29 posted on 09/24/2013 7:27:45 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: apillar

In Georgia you would also get a ticket for having tinted windows. You could go to court but my experience is that the judge will ignore any defense you might present unless you have a lawyer.


30 posted on 09/24/2013 7:28:36 AM PDT by dmcnash (Back off! I'm a Scientist.)
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To: fwdude

” Do you want a society without any law enforcement whatsoever? Really?”

This is analogous to the 15mph sign being hidden behind some brush and a cop waiting to nail people who don’t see the sign (a few places in King George County VA like that)

Nothing wrong with speed limits, but the goal should be safe driving, not revenue collection.

Look at this guy: he’ll issue a ticket if somebody is using a navigation program on the phone, but not if they are using a Garmin.

He’ll issue a ticket if they are at a light (maybe looking for a way out of tyre traffic jam), but the person could be jabbering away on the phone, but no problem.

I wonder if he would pull a woman over for curling her hair or putting on panty house while speeding down 485? (I’ve seen both) Our the guy eating dinner behind the wheel. Out the pour mother with screaming toddlers? Or ...

This dude its just a revenue collector.


31 posted on 09/24/2013 7:29:39 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
You can't use your navigation while driving. Unless it is a GPS-only device, such as Garmin or Tom Tom...

This LEO moron, stress moron, wants us trying to read a paper map with tiny text and legends while driving. Yeah, that's loads safer than listening to a voice telling you to turn right in 1/4 mile.

Just to be sure you heard me, this LEO is a moron!

jmo

32 posted on 09/24/2013 7:30:20 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: markomalley

Vey much reminds me of the character Javert in Les Miserables.


33 posted on 09/24/2013 7:37:21 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: markomalley
It's like I have to honk my horn at every red light, cause some idiot ahead of me has his/her head down texting away!

...then they act all pissed off that you honk at them to get going.

34 posted on 09/24/2013 7:42:57 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: SgtHooper
When the judge asks you a question, you WILL be under oath.

Having gone to traffic court for tickets several times before, the only questions I have ever been asked by the judge is the standard "Your Name?" "Do you dispute this ticket?" Then the judge would call the ticketing officer to the stand who would give his side. "At 3:42 PM Wednesday the 22, I observed the defendent texting....etc" Then I would have an opportunity to question him. The judge isn't permitted to ask "Did you do it?", "Were you on a cell phone?" (that would be forced self incrimination).

35 posted on 09/24/2013 7:43:18 AM PDT by apillar
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To: dmcnash
In Georgia you would also get a ticket for having tinted windows...

You have to have rather dark windows to get a ticket in Georgia. More than 32% on the side and back windows and the top 6 inches of the windshield.

GA window tinting laws

36 posted on 09/24/2013 7:48:39 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: fwdude

Agreed. Texters are dangerous to everyone.

However, this was disturbing: “Gwinnett County Police Officer Jessie Myers said if you do anything on your phone besides make or receive a phone call, he will pull you over.”

I thought it was already illegal to talk on the phone, including making or receiving calls. Texters are not the only hazards on the road. After all these years of cell phone use, people STILL drive extremely slowly or dangerously while on the phone, yet these people are excluded from his ticketing.


37 posted on 09/24/2013 7:54:23 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: AppyPappy

A lot of morons don’t notice when the light turns green, who aren’t texting.


38 posted on 09/24/2013 8:01:35 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Joann37
I'm assuming that talking on a cell phone isn't illegal in Officer Myers' jurisdiction. If not, there is no call to pull drivers over for doing so, no matter how dangerous, unless doing so provably contributes to dangerous driving.
39 posted on 09/24/2013 8:06:05 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: markomalley

Next up: an app that shows where the all pigs are, real time, and advises you to put down your mobile device when one becomes near. Probably that app would be censored by the state, for “national security” reasons. Although it’s really just all about the revenue.


40 posted on 09/24/2013 8:06:26 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: markomalley

a couple years ago I would have argued against the cop the necessity for these laws.

Today, the streets have gotten much more dangerous with these selfish people.


41 posted on 09/24/2013 8:12:52 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: Vendome
Yer not a cop. You’re on a power trip.

If he was on a power trip, he'd be giving tickets to folks who only touched keys ten or fewer times.

Come down here to So Cal where traffic is fast and furious and idiot texters are driving 50 mph on a surface street with stoplights, cross traffic, and pedestrians.

Down here, this cop would be saving fenders, hospital bills, and lives. People who text and drive, in my personal observation MEN (young men) more frequently than women, deserve to have their asses kicked off the road.

The people on power trips are the arrogant morons who wrongly think they're smart enough to read, text with one finger, and drive a vehicle at high speeds all at the same time.

42 posted on 09/24/2013 8:15:30 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Night Hides Not; apillar
All he has to do is get a copy of your cell phone records

The cop doesn't even have to go that far. He will simply lie in court and the judge, who is also part of the revenue system, will take his word over a citizen every time.

43 posted on 09/24/2013 8:15:44 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: markomalley
"Most people think they're safe there," Myers said.

There's some world-class irony there. Law enforcement is supposed to enhance safety, not destroy it, and "most people" covers a lot more than the criminal class whom law enforcement is supposed to be against. Nope, you the common person aren't safe so long as pigs such as Myers are on the prowl.

44 posted on 09/24/2013 8:18:41 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: fwdude

I don’t get ANY law enforcement today.

I want a society that has SOME law enforcement.

All I get now is Revenuers For The Welfare State who harass innocent citizens attempting to legally go about their day.

Meanwhile, murder, rape, grand theft, drug dealing, vandalism, etc. all go un-enforced and un-punished.

That is my entire experience of “Law Enforcement” over 52 years.

USELESS!


45 posted on 09/24/2013 8:22:23 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why haven't we heard from the 30 Benghazi survivors?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

You likely benefit from law enforcement even though you don’t realize it directly. The very presence of a police force in a jurisdiction has SOME effect on the crime rate. You can deny this, but if the police force in your community were immediately disbanded, you would see a significant spike in crime.


46 posted on 09/24/2013 8:25:41 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: coloradan
Nor is the common person safe as long as arrogant amped-out twenty-somethings are welcome to read and write an answer typing with one finger, a dynamic personal converstation at the same time they're driving a motor vehicle at speeds up to and above 70 mph and/or in the presence of cross traffic, pedestrians, and traffic signals.

Use some common sense, for Pete's sake.

I swear, most of the folks who think this cop's a demon, must live where traffic is mighty s-l-o-w. Either that, or they don't get out much or pay attention when they DO get out.

47 posted on 09/24/2013 8:27:38 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: utahagen
"People who text or talk on cell phones while they drive are fools who endanger the rest of us. I have no problem with what this cop is doing."

Completely agree. I don't know how many times I have avoided accidents, by the grace of God, due to some idiot yapping on a phone or texting. That, or been in a long traffic jam in the passing lane because some oblivious phone addict is blocking it.

48 posted on 09/24/2013 8:28:24 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: fwdude

I’ve reported half a dozen crimes in my life.

Once, my car was stolen. It was eventually returned to me with the THIEF’S WALLET UNDER THE FRONT SEAT. The cops did nothing with that wallet. They did not arrest the man. They returned his wallet and wished him a NICE FRIGGIN’ DAY!

I witnessed a drug deal in front of my house this summer. I got a good description and license plate. THE COPS DID NOTHING.

There was a murder on my bike route to work several weeks ago. The cops have nothing, do nothing, and keep writing tickets.

There was a shooting of a bum by the freeway by a cop. The bum had tried to rush the cop, but missed. Then the bum walked away, across the road. The cop chased him down and shot him when he wasn’t a threat. She’s going to get away with it based on the most recent press reports.

I know a town where the most dangerous gang is THE COPS. They speed, they terrorize, they have all the power, and everyone knows: DO NOT CALL THE COPS.

I can go on for a good hour.

My entire experience is that the cops are the most well organized and powerful gang in town. Do not f*** with them. Do not engage. I have had a dozen interactions over my life with cops, and never, not once, were they enforcing laws against bad guys.


49 posted on 09/24/2013 8:32:15 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why haven't we heard from the 30 Benghazi survivors?)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
Yes they do! Right after the car behind them blasts their horn! LOL

Try blasting the horn while the light's still red. Oh the fun of watching them drive straight into the cross-traffic!

(/joking)

50 posted on 09/24/2013 8:33:58 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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