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  • Headlight flashing OK, Missouri judge says

    02/06/2014 9:00:02 AM PST · by fungoking · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/6/2014 | JIM SALTER
    Headlight flashing OK, Missouri judge says ST. LOUIS (AP) — It's a common practice among drivers who pass through a speed trap: Flash your headlights at approaching cars as a warning to slow down. Now, a federal court judge in Missouri says penalizing drivers for the headlight flash violates their First Amendment right to free speech. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in St. Louis on Monday issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the St. Louis County town of Ellisville from citing and prosecuting drivers who flash their lights to warn of radar and speed traps. Ellisville's city attorney said there...
  • Pilot program: Speed sensors trigger red light on Philly road

    11/19/2013 12:47:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2:01 AM | Robert Moran
    The speed limit on Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive is 35 mph, but the average speed of motorists is nearly 55. In an attempt to slow everybody down, the city has installed sensors in the roadway that determine the speed of vehicles approaching Fountain Green, about a half-mile north of the Girard Avenue Bridge. If a vehicle passes the sensor going above the speed limit, the light at Fountain Green turns red. … In another safety measure, the city will add a nonslip surface on Kelly Drive next year to help reduce accidents on rainy days, (acting Streets Commissioner...
  • Patrol: Caught At 148 MPH, Mustang Driver Says He Was ‘Airing It Out’

    08/12/2013 5:36:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 94 replies
    CBS local ^ | 8-7-13 | CBS
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 41-year-old Darwin man who was caught driving more than 145 mph in his Ford Mustang GT said he was “airing it out,” according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities said Richard Bernhagen was clocked at 148 mph on July 17 on Tagus Avenue, a county road just outside of Hutchinson, Minn.
  • CO lawmakers granted immunity from parking, speeding tickets while happily gouging little people

    08/07/2013 6:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Laws are for plebes: State lawmakers are getting special perks because of their legislative license plates.The plates issued to the 100 state lawmakers and representatives elected to serve Colorado are preventing them not only from receiving photo radar tickets but also collection notices from past due parking tickets.The legislative plates are not entered into the Colorado DMV database, so when photo radar cameras catch these drivers speeding, they never received tickets. That’s because of a loophole that doesn’t allow the City of Denver to electronically cross-reference those plates with a home address. The same “loophole” affects parking tickets and the...
  • Police Say Speeding Tickets Are All About Discretion

    07/05/2013 8:08:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KCRG ^ | Jul 3, 2013 | Forrest Saunders
    Tuesday, dash cam video surfaced of an Iowa State Trooper pursuing a speeding black Chevy SUV on Highway 20 between Cedar Falls and Fort Dodge, back in April. In an audio recording, you can hear DCI Special Agent Larry Hedlund call a state dispatcher for help in pulling over the SUV that he was going a "hard 90." State Patrol started a pursuit, but backed off when they learned the SUV was being driven by a fellow officer and Governor Terry Branstad was a passenger. Five days later the DCI put Hedlund on administrative leave after he complained to his...
  • Driver charged with going 139 MPH

    05/07/2013 11:03:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 202 replies
    The Day ^ | May 6, 2013 | Jennifer McDermott
    Stonington — A Quaker Hill man was charged with reckless driving Saturday after police say he drove 139 miles per hour on Interstate 95. Stewart V. Williams, 25, of [Adress redacted by Moi --TSR], Quaker Hill, was charged with reckless driving, greater than 85 mph. According to State Police, Williams was traveling northbound near exit 92 when a trooper used a laser clock to read the speed of his 2012 Audi R8 at 139 miles per hour in a 65-miles-per-hour zone. Williams was stopped and taken into custody. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to...
  • Nearly 7K speeding tickets issued on ICC

    04/01/2013 4:28:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    WTOP ^ | March 29, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    LAUREL, Md. - Since the Intercounty Connector opened, nearly 7,000 speeding tickets have been issued, according to documents obtained by WTOP. While most tickets are clearly violations, some raise questions for drivers. Police issued nearly 200 tickets to drivers going less than 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. On Oct. 6, 2011, a driver was ticketed for going 59 mph. "That's crazy. I've never heard of that before and I don't understand it," says Sergio Gutierrez of Laurel. He says it's confusing, especially with the recent story of Maryland State Police ticketing a woman for driving 62 mph in...
  • [Baltimore] issued speed camera ticket to motionless car

    12/14/2012 9:25:23 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/12/12 | Scott Calvert,
    The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction. But the Mazda wasn't speeding. It wasn't even moving. The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.
  • Motionless Driver Gets Ticketed For Speeding

    12/14/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 14, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Speeding tickets generate revenue for the city or county in which they’re issued. If the police department is low on revenue, they’ll set up a speed trap on a busy road and lie in wait for the non-violent speed violators. If the city is really desperate, they’ll invest in a speed camera system that will be distributed around the city and send citations to the registered owners of the alleged speeding vehicles. And if they’re still not happy with the money they’re making, they’ll start issuing speeding tickets to people who aren’t even speeding. In Baltimore, Maryland, they’ve generated over...
  • EDITORIAL: The District’s latest scamera swindle

    10/20/2012 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | The Washington Times
    The D.C. Council is poised to lower the cost of speed camera tickets from a maximum of $250 to just $50. The plan unveiled on Tuesday is meant to create the impression that the District has seen the light and has finally decided to go easier on motorists. Considering the source of the latest plan, that’s hardly likely. The District and the for-profit vendor in charge of the robotic cameras dish out more tickets in a year than the city has residents. This has created a pile of loot so lofty that it’s only a matter of time before it...
  • Watch out, Denver! Cop reinstated after 143 mph drunken joyride

    05/24/2012 4:00:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5-23-2012 | Steven Nelson
    A troubled Denver police officer has been reinstated after a three-member panel of the city’s Civil Service Commission overturned his termination for driving 143 miles per hour while drunk. Derrick Saunders was arrested on June 17, 2010 for cruising 88 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He had a .089 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest. This wasn’t the officer’s first run-in with the law. Since he was hired by the police force in 2007, other felonious allegations against Saunders include brandishing a gun to scare McDonald’s employees into working faster. ABC 7 reports that...
  • Public employee union defends Denver cop who was fired for driving drunk at 143 mph

    12/30/2011 7:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    hot air ^ | December 29, 2011 | Tina Korbe
    Denver police officer Derrick Curtis Saunders was arrested for speeding and driving under the influence. Before he was pulled over, he was driving at 143 mph in a 55-mph zone. That’s 88 miles an hour more than the speed limit. His blood-alcohol level was 0.089 percent, slightly higher than the 0.08 legal limit. Appropriately, the Denver Police Department dismissed him. (A judge also sentenced him to five days in jail, fined him $300 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.) Now, Saunders would like his job back — and the Denver Police Protection Association stands ready to...
  • Bluff City officials enjoying speed camera revenue windfall

    08/06/2011 12:22:40 PM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Bluff City officials are enjoying the extra revenue from speed cameras that have generated more than a million dollars in a little over a year, but the windfall could be short-lived. Between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, the cameras on U.S. Highway 11E in Piney Flats issued 39,923 citations to drivers, including now Gov. Bill Haslam, who was ticketed last year when he was caught speeding during his campaign. The tickets netted the city nearly $1.6 million — an amount equal to eight times Bluff City's total property tax collections from the last...
  • Federal Speed Traps

    06/02/2011 5:19:20 AM PDT · by relictele · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01 Jun 2011 | Unsigned Editorial
    Millions hit the road to be with family and friends for barbecues and other outdoor activities on Memorial Day weekend. It’s no coincidence that police around the country were staked out on the side of the road in anticipation. That’s because the federal government encourages states to shake down travelers who pose no threat to others.
  • Memphis May Turn to Speed Cameras for More Revenue

    05/29/2011 10:57:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery is proposing to bridge the city’s budget deficit by boosting yields from traffic fines on speeding. The plan is to add radar guns to existing red-light automated enforcement zones and capture photos of drivers exceeding the posted speed limits. “Look, the overwhelming majority of drivers are speeders,” Lowery observed. “That’s a pretty big potential source of revenue that we could get our hands on.” The National Motorists Association contends that “the majority of drivers speed because the posted limits are set below what they should be. They generate millions of pointless traffic tickets and...
  • Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter Willow ticketed for speeding in family Escalade

    05/14/2011 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Celtic Cross · 142 replies
    Dailymail.co.uk ^ | 14th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Bristol Palin isn't the only one living fast these days. Sarah and Todd Palin's second oldest daughter, Willow Palin, 16, was ticketed in Alaska for driving nearly 20 miles per hour over the speed limit in the family's black Cadillac Escalade SUV. According to a TMZ review of documents filed in Alaska, Willow was said to be driving 84 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone. According to the website, she was issued a 'minor offence' citation for $162 and let go 'without further incident'.
  • Business owner casts reasonable doubt on accuracy of speed cameras, gets tickets tossed

    04/22/2011 9:28:07 AM PDT · by rawhide · 23 replies · 1+ views
    wasingtontimes.com ^ | Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | David Hill
    Will Foreman has beaten the speed cameras. Five times and counting before three different judges, the Prince George’s County business owner has used a computer and a calculation to cast reasonable doubt on the reliability of the soulless traffic enforcers. After a judge threw out two of his tickets Wednesday, Mr. Foreman said he is confident he has exposed systemic inaccuracies in the systems that generate millions of dollars a year for town, city and county governments. He wasn’t the only one to employ the defense Wednesday. Two other men were found not guilty of speeding offenses before a Hyattsville...
  • 100mph driver claims he was fleeing aliens after Dr Phil warned him of ET invasion

    03/17/2011 7:50:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | March 17, 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    A driver told police he raced at speeds over 100mph to get away from chasing aliens after getting a warning from television host Dr Phil. Richard Blanscet claimed the talk show star spoke in a high-pitched voice telling him an ET invasion had began near his home in Rowan County, North Carolina. The 21-year-old, who said he had been smoking 'a legal form of marijuana,' set out in his father's high-powered Jaguar XK8 to 'rescue' his girlfriend. Now Blanscet has been charged with trying to elude arrest, driving while impaired, and resisting an officer. He was released after posting a...
  • Lorain woman gets three speeding tickets in an hour in Sheffield

    01/17/2011 1:49:51 PM PST · by Right Wing Assault · 19 replies
    Chronicle-Telegram. ^ | January 17th, 2011 | Rona Proudfoot
    SHEFFIELD — A Lorain woman with a clean recent driving record apparently had a bad night Saturday and wound up with three speeding tickets in just over an hour in Sheffield. According to Chief Larry Bliss, Amy Bobkovich, 38, was first pulled over and ticketed at 11:40 p.m. Saturday on East River Road between Colorado Avenue and French Creek Road. She was clocked at doing 55 mph in a 35-mph zone, Bliss said. At 11:50 p.m. she was pulled over again, by a different officer, about a mile south of there, again on East River, about a half-mile north of...
  • (YouTube) Videos of speeding spur OKC man's arrest (Corvette doing 195mph)

    12/23/2010 7:46:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies · 4+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 12/23/10
    Videos of speeding spur OKC man's arrestThe YouTube postings show a Corvette driver zooming down freeways at nearly 200 mph. By MICHAEL KIMBALL NewsOK.com Last Modified: 12/23/2010 7:08 AM OKLAHOMA CITY - Dee Albert "Cody" Replogle posted YouTube videos of himself speeding down Oklahoma City-area freeways in his high-powered Chevrolet Corvette, reportedly in excess of 195 mph. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol used the videos to find him and arrest him, Patrol Capt. Chris West said Wednesday. Replogle, 30, of Oklahoma City was arrested Monday on two complaints of reckless driving in connection with the pair of YouTube videos, West said.
  • At 147 mph, highway safety is just a blur

    09/17/2010 10:18:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 124 replies · 1+ views
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 17, 2010 | Liam Migdail-Smith
    Going 96 mph on a 65-mph highway is enough to land a speeder in serious legal trouble. That’s 31 mph over the speed limit, and it’s the threshold between a regular speeding violation and the more egregious offense of “excessive speeding,” which earns violators a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that they’ll likely walk out of with a suspended license. On Wednesday night, state police stopped a motorcyclist they said was clocked at 147 mph. That’s 82 mph over the limit. “That is probably the highest speed I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been at PennDOT nine years now,”...
  • Dave Matthews concertgoer ticketed — twice — on I-90

    09/11/2010 12:28:32 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    seattletimes ^ | 7 Sept 2010 | Lornet Turnbull
    Hit with a speeding ticket, most drivers usually slow down. But not everyone. A guy returning from the Gorge Amphitheatre after a Dave Matthews Band concert Saturday night got two speeding tickets within hours of each other. And the State Patrol troopers in East King County who tagged the man for going nearly 20 mph over the speed limit on Interstate 90 wouldn't have known he'd been ticketed earlier in Kittitas County had the man not boasted about it on his car. "One speeding ticket 2 Dave — $113," the man had written on his back window after getting the...
  • Phoenix Freeway speed cameras to be turned off this week

    07/12/2010 8:55:38 AM PDT · by NewAZson · 18 replies
    AZFamily.com ^ | 7/12/2010 | Catherine Holland
    PHOENIX -- Dozens of photo-enforcement cameras on freeways throughout the state are coming down this week. A total of 76 cameras will cease operation on Thursday. The photo-enforcement program, which was meant to catch speeders on Arizona's freeways, has been controversial from the beginning. The cameras first went up nearly two years ago. While the cameras have done a good job at snapping speeders, drivers have been ignoring the tickets. According to the Department of Public Safety, the cameras led to more than 700,000 tickets in the first year of operation. Many of those people, however, never paid the fines....
  • Estimates OK for speeding tickets, court rules (Ohio)

    06/02/2010 4:58:07 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 45 replies · 747+ views
    AP via Dayton Daily News ^ | 06/02/2010 | Staff
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's highest court has ruled that a person may be convicted of speeding purely if it looked to a police officer that the motorist was going too fast.
  • Do Girls Speed More Than Boys?

    05/05/2010 11:37:57 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 41 replies · 812+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 5, 2010 | Josph B. White and Anjali Athavaley
    Some big auto insurers are raising the rates they charge to cover teenage girls, reflecting the crumbling of conventional wisdom that young women are more responsible behind the wheel. In a survey of teenage drivers, Allstate Insurance Co. found that 48% of girls said they are likely to drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. By comparison, 36% of the boys admitted to speeding. Of the girls, 16% characterized their own driving as aggressive, up from 9% in 2005. And just over half of the girls said they are likely to drive while talking on a phone or...
  • The speed camera that isn't: Motorists cut back gas as they pass ex-policeman's bird box

    02/22/2010 3:48:02 PM PST · by GAB-1955 · 9 replies · 597+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 2/22/2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A bird box resembling a traffic camera has put the brakes on speeding motorists racing through a village. Retired police officer Bill Angus placed the box on a pole at the edge of his property in order, he says, to offer a little help to the local birdlife.
  • Cruise control driver's call of terror released

    12/16/2009 8:06:23 AM PST · by myknowledge · 263 replies · 5,419+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 16, 2009
    The frantic triple-0 call from a Melbourne motorist whose cruise control jammed has been released. Chase Weir can be heard screaming "Oh my God, Oh my God, I'm gonna die!" as he veered onto the wrong side of the road near the end of his hair-raising 30-minute ordeal through Melbourne's east. Earlier, he can be heard becoming panicked as he attempts to slow the 2002 Ford Explorer. The cruise control originally became stuck on 100km/h on the Eastern Freeway in Kew, with Mr Weir's attempts to brake having little effect. "It slows down to about 80 and then the car...
  • HPD Begins Creative Crackdown[Houston]

    11/02/2009 11:36:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,087+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 29 Oct 2009 | Mary Benton
    HOUSTON -- The Houston Police Department launched a new creative campaign to crack down on dangerous and aggressive drivers, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. The plan calls for putting plainclothes officers in different locations around the city to spot drivers who are speeding, not wearing seat belts, or changing lanes erratically. In one tactic, senior Houston Police Officer William Dodson will dress in street clothes and stand at a street corner with a sign in his hand. Some people could mistake him for a vagrant, but on closer inspection, they will see that the sign is reminding people to wear...
  • Tickets Fixed for Nashville's Best-Connected Drivers

    05/02/2009 8:25:15 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies · 697+ views
    NewsChannel5.com ^ | April 29, 2009 | staff reporter
    A NewsChannel 5 investigation uncovers what could become a major ticket-fixing scandal in the city of Nashville.And it raises new questions about whether there's one set of laws for those with connections -- and another for the rest of us.But unlike a ticket-fixing problem exposed by NewsChannel 5 Investigates three years ago, it's not the city's elected judges who are dismissing the tickets.So who is it?Our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams has an investigation more than six months in the making.***When you're out on the highway, the radar detector doesn't know who you are.But when deputy juvenile court clerk Matt Drury got ticketed for...
  • The War on Short Yellows (Citizens Revolt against Traffic Cameras)

    04/15/2009 1:21:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 1,027+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2009 | Holman Jenkins, Jr.
    A Journal front-pager recently noted an Arizona man charged with attacking a freeway speed camera with a pick ax. Here's the rest of the story: He was fined $3,500, not given a parade. But don't despair. We still live in a democracy. One Arizona sheriff recently proved you could get elected by opposing speed cameras. Meanwhile, the state legislature is considering bills to dismantle the system created by Gov. Janet Napolitano when she faced a gaping budget deficit, before she escaped to the Obama Department of Homeland Security. Petitioners in Arizona are also gathering signatures to put the question directly...
  • The little white lie that grew (Judge gets 2 years for lying about speeding ticket)

    04/06/2009 5:26:51 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 1 replies · 582+ views
    BBC ^ | April 6, 2009 | Clive James
    Caught out in a fib to get out of a speeding ticket, do you put your hands up - or dig yourself deeper into a hole of your own making, asks Clive James. In a case which has deep resonance for Britain and the entire civilized world, the whole of Australia has been glued to the media in recent weeks, following the story of an eminent judge who has ruined his reputation because he tried to lie his way out of a speeding fine that would have cost him about Ł36. At the age of 70, he is about to...
  • Attorney: Red light camera tickets are unconstitutional

    03/22/2009 10:45:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,966+ views
    KMOV ^ | March 17, 2008
    St. Louis, MO- The city installed red light cameras at twenty intersections, and they've taken in nearly $2 million in fines since they were installed last summer. Traffic Law Center where spokesperson Ann Horner says she see flashes from the camera on a daily basis. Horner however says there are no consequences for not paying. She says if you have outstanding parking tickets you cannot renew your plates or driver's license, but there's nothing in place like that if you get a red light ticket. Horner says it's all unconstitutional because there's a presumption of innocence in this country, and...
  • US military speeding help to Mexico: admiral (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)

    03/07/2009 8:35:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,262+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is working to rush assistance to Mexico as it fights violent drug cartels, including equipment to help authorities track the narcotics mafia, according to the top US military officer. "We're all working very hard to move the capabilities that are desirable to Mexico as quickly as we can," Admiral Mike Mullen told reporters by phone from his aircraft after holding talks in Mexico. During his meetings with the country's military leadership, Mullen said he discussed how Washington could help in the battle against the powerful cartels, citing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as a...
  • Garage Owner Jailed After Taking Blame for 120 Speeding Tickets in Exchange for Cash

    01/26/2009 5:34:07 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 501+ views
    money.co.uk ^ | 1/26/09 | Charlotte Cardingham
    It's believed that he earned upwards of Ł24,000 through his scam.Abdul Musa, a garage owner from Blackburn, Lancashire, today begins a 16 month stretch in jail after police discovered he was getting paid to take the blame for other people’s speeding offences. According to reports he charged customers Ł200 a time for his ‘services’, admitting to authorities that he had been driving a car when it got caught on camera. With his service proving particularly popular with local taxi drivers it is believed that he made upwards of Ł24,000. It is though that he falsely accepted responsibility for at least...
  • Speeding? You'll pay higher 'taxes'

    01/02/2009 2:55:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,134+ views
    MSN Money ^ | 01/02/09 | Christopher Solomon
    Speeding? You'll pay higher 'taxes' Watch out, leadfoots: Many strapped cities and towns are trying to fix their budgets by stepping up traffic enforcement. By Christopher Solomon MSN Money Here's a tip for the next time you're barreling down U.S. 425 through northeastern Louisiana: If you see a sign that reads "Baskin Town Limits," slow down. Way down. Baskin has been expecting you. Between 2004 and 2006, little Baskin (population about 200) got 87% of its town budget from speeding tickets, the highest percentage of 304 Louisiana municipalities surveyed. "It is primarily a tool in many communities to raise revenue,"...
  • Local teens claim pranks on county's Speed Cams

    12/22/2008 6:18:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 92 replies · 3,459+ views
    www.thesentinel.com ^ | 12/20/2008 | By Joe Slaninka
    As a prank, students from local high schools have been taking advantage of the county's Speed Camera Program in order to exact revenge on people who they believe have wronged them in the past, including other students and even teachers. Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera "Pimping" game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools. Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license...
  • The speed trap set by your neighbour - police recruit residents in road safety war[UK]

    11/26/2008 7:01:22 PM PST · by BGHater · 22 replies · 610+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 Nov 2008 | Steve Doughty
    Motorists will face amateur speed traps run by local volunteer groups in towns and villages across the country, it was revealed yesterday. Under rules to be sent to police forces in the new year, bands of volunteers will be supplied with speed detection equipment and asked to use it to identify drivers exceeding limits in their area. On watch: A speed trap volunteer in action whereby anyone caught going over the speed limit will be contacted later by the police The guidelines, prepared by the Association of Chief Police Officers, will set a national pattern for schemes which have been...
  • Michigan Police Chiefs Admit Speeding Tickets Are About Money

    11/18/2008 6:54:24 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 1,102+ views
    RideLust ^ | 11/17/08
    In 2002, police in the city of Detroit gave out a total of 126,007 traffic tickets. Last year, the number of tickets grew to over 245,000 - a 94% jump. The increase was even larger in small towns like Plymouth which saw the number of tickets go up from 440 to 2,500 — up 480 percent — over the same amount of time. According to Detroit area police the reason for the increase is dwindling property tax revenue. That lack of property tax revenue has forced local governments in Michigan to use average citizen drivers to fill the coffers. You...
  • Police arming Newcastle residents with radar guns[Washington]

    11/12/2008 8:18:26 AM PST · by BGHater · 39 replies · 1,047+ views
    KING 5 News ^ | 10 Nov 2008 | DEBORAH FELDMAN
    NEWCASTLE, Wash. – Residents in Newcastle who complain that drivers are speeding through their neighborhoods will now be able to prove it. Newcastle police are arming residents with radar guns. "We all have little kids and they're riding their bikes in the street and running around and we all get in a big hurry to get out kids here and there and not be late for appointments or whatever,” said Cheryl Coupens, one of the first people to sign up for the program. When civilians clock someone speeding, they jot down the vehicle information and pass it along to authorities....
  • Illinois begins aggressive speed enforcement in construction zones

    06/06/2008 7:57:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 959+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | June 5, 2008 | Charlie Morasch
    The Illinois State Police are using vans with cameras and radar guns to photograph motorists and other drivers who speed through highway construction zones, and are enforcing strict penalties for alleged offenders. Citations for a first offense are $375, and a second offense can cost $1,000 and a 90-day suspension of driver’s license. State Police officials said four white vans, which are equipped with radar guns, cameras and a monitor to show drivers their speed, have been deployed at different construction zones in the state. As of Thursday, June 5, those vans are deployed at the widening project on the...
  • Teen Fined $2,000 For Speeding -- Clocked At 120-Plus MPH

    03/21/2008 2:26:59 PM PDT · by steve-b · 28 replies · 824+ views
    Quad-Cities Online ^ | 3/20/08 | Stephen Elliott
    A Henry County judge fined a Palos Park teen $2,000 Thursday for driving at least 55 mph over the speed limit in January. Gianna Didiana, 17, was extremely upset when Judge Dana McReynolds imposed the fine, according to Henry County Assistant State's Attorney Lewis Zimmerman. Ms. Didiana also was sentenced to six hours in jail and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service. Mr. Zimmerman said an Illinois State Police trooper was coming off the Geneseo exit onto Interstate 80 eastbound on Jan. 21 when Ms. Didiana drove past the state trooper in a Mercedes Benz at a high...
  • Driver of car that killed officer over speed limit(officer jumped in front of speeding cars)

    03/07/2008 6:55:54 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 83 replies · 435+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 7, 2008 | Tyeesha Dixon | Sun reporter
    The driver of the car that struck and killed a police officer on a Howard County highway last year was traveling 16 mph over the speed limit at the time of the accident and swerved at the last moment. Police Chief William J. McMahon said Grissom was traveling 71 mph in the 2007 Nissan Sentra that hit Cpl. Scott Wheeler that June afternoon. The speed limit at the site of the accident - Route 32 near Interstate 95 - is 55 mph. In a written statement, Wheeler's widow, Tracy, said: "We are disappointed that the grand jury chose not to...
  • Device automatically slows speeders' cars[Canada]

    02/02/2008 5:31:47 PM PST · by BGHater · 85 replies · 199+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | 01 Feb 2008 | Elise Stolte
    EDMONTON -- Chronic speeders could find their cars automatically slowing down when they try to pass the posted speed limit if Paul Boase has his way. The Transport Canada researcher has been road-testing a device that combines a global positioning system and a speed map with a way to override the car's manual controls. He presented his findings at a traffic conference Thursday in Edmonton. "The technology has the ability of just saying, okay the posted speed limit is 50, so we'll let you go 55, that's it," Boase said. He tested the technology on 10 volunteers in the Ottawa...
  • Speeding car wrecks on runway, kills 5

    01/26/2008 11:37:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 361+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/08 | AP
    OCALA, Fla. - A car traveling at high speed down a private airport runway ran off an embankment and was airborne for 200 feet before smashing into a tree early Saturday, killing all five young men in the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Investigators did not know whether the BMW was alone or was racing another car on the air strip at the exclusive "fly-in" community of Jumbolair Aviation Estates, where pilot-actor John Travolta has a home, officials said. According to the preliminary investigation, the car ran off the 85-foot-high embankment at the end of the runway. When it...
  • Case pits police radar against GPS in teen's car

    10/04/2007 8:32:59 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 14 replies · 1,149+ views
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 | By DEREK J. MOORE
    Parents of Windsor High student first in county to use tracking device data to fight son's speeding ticket By DEREK J. MOORE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Shaun Malone was livid when his parents installed a global positioning device in his sports car to monitor his whereabouts and how fast he drives. But now the Windsor High School junior hopes to beat a potentially expensive speeding ticket using data from the device. The case represents the first time anyone has contested a speeding ticket in Sonoma County courts using a global positioning system, which pinpoints speed and location using lightning-fast calculations and...
  • Can Prius top 100 mph? Ask Wozniak

    08/21/2007 3:26:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies · 1,434+ views
    contracostatimes.com ^ | 08/21/2007 | Gary Richards
    All right Al Gore III, you're still the tops when it comes to speeding in a Prius - but not by much. Steve Wozniak is right behind you. And when I say speeding, man o' man, do I mean speeding. You probably remember when the son of the former vice president was caught going 105 mph in Southern California last month. Well, a mention of that in a recent Roadshow column led a buddy of Wozniak's to check in, claiming that the co-founder of Apple Computer was ticketed for going 105 mph on Interstate 5 earlier this year. Whoa. Mr....
  • Frequent N.H. speeder wants limit raised

    06/29/2007 5:19:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies · 347+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Thu Jun 28 | Staff Reporter
    DOVER, N.H. - A man with a penchant for speedy driving has come up with an unusual tactic for beating speeding tickets — raise the limit. So far this year, Larry Lemay has been ticketed four times for speeding. Rather than slow down, Lemay is suing the state Department of Transportation to study traffic and speed limits across New Hampshire, to see whether limits could be raised. Lemay's lawsuit, filed in Strafford County Superior Court, also asks a judge to order the Transportation Department to pay for his legal fees and the cost of the study, an estimated $1,853. Lemay...
  • Four kids in stolen SUV die when it hits train

    06/15/2007 6:41:38 AM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 137 replies · 4,318+ views
    KVUE ^ | June 14, 2007 | Alex Sanz
    Four teenagers were killed early Thursday morning when the stolen SUV they were in and a train collided. It happened in Baytown at Archer Road and Fleming around 3:30 a.m. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, six teenagers were in the stolen Jeep when the driver apparently did not see a Union Pacific train that had apparently been stalled on the tracks for some time. The SUV slammed into the tanker car at a high rate of speed and went under it into a ditch. Four people in the backseat, three girls and one boy ages 12 to 15,...
  • Fury as 90,000 police officers caught speeding are 'let off'[UK]

    05/31/2007 6:19:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 18 replies · 865+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 May 2007 | James Slack
    Only 354 of 90,000 police caught on camera speeding or jumping red lights last year were punished. Last night forces were accused of double standards after it emerged that only one in 200 officers was fined or given points, compared with 84 per cent of ordinary drivers. In a quarter of the cases the police cars had their blue lights flashing, suggesting officers were attending an emergency. However, nearly all of the rest had the slate wiped clean by senior police, saving them from three points on their licence and a Ł60 fine. Managers have the discretion to cancel tickets...
  • Long Road Ahead in Jon Corzine's Recovery

    04/22/2007 10:49:04 PM PDT · by melt · 20 replies · 1,057+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | 4/21/07 | FOXNews.com
    TRENTON, N.J. — It will be agonizing, emotional and draining. Most of all, it will be painful. New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine faces months of intensive therapy to recover from serious injuries suffered in an April 12 crash on the Garden State Parkway. "It is a grueling course that he's going to go through," said Kathleen O'Donnell, an inpatient rehabilitation manager at Atlantic Health, which operates several northern New Jersey health facilities. "My heart goes out to him." Corzine has been in intensive care since breaking 11 ribs, his sternum, a leg, his collarbone and a vertebra in the...