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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If it isn't, it should be.
    Going slower than the prevailing speed of the highway, is more dangerous than going faster than the speed limit.

    Edit: It's the fact that old people drive incredibly slow and can be just as, if not more dangerous on the road than other people.
    It was an exaggeration on how old people drive slow, but perceive everyone else as speed demons.
    I don't know how it is elsewhere, but here in New York there's an offense called Speed Not Reasonable or Prudent.

    It's a fairly flexible, common-sense sort of rule. It can apply to the guy going beneath the limit but too fast for road conditions as much as it does to the guy not going fast enough to avoid causing an accident.

    Take a spin in LA and try doing the speed limit on the freeway when traffic isn't backed up -- sooner or later, a cop's going to find you and make it clear that you need to get a wiggle on ... or else.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Red lights are ****ty, now someone ignoring a red light when other traffic is present ok.
    Ignoring a red light when all the lanes are empty, I don't care.
    Out in the sticks, when the roads are deserted and I've got a clear field, I'll blow a stop sign.

    ETA: Forgot to mention I only do that at night.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    So, you thinking riding a scooter while talking on the phone is safe???
    I've never been on a scooter, but I've done plenty of one-handed biking in my day.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    No, most traffic offenses are little more than a tax on drivers and are only viable due to the evisceration of the fourth amendment in the last fifty years. Genuine safety threats, like drunk driving, needs to be taken care of. Ticketing someone for parking on the wrong side of the street is absurd. Even more absurd... parking facing the wrong way.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    No, most traffic offenses are little more than a tax on drivers and are only viable due to the evisceration of the fourth amendment in the last fifty years. Genuine safety threats, like drunk driving, needs to be taken care of. Ticketing someone for parking on the wrong side of the street is absurd. Even more absurd... parking facing the wrong way.
    I agree with your statement on parking issues, however I would add that when somebody parks within 10 feet of an intersection it is not only annoying, but can be incredibly unsafe. In my dad's neighborhood the asshole at the end of the street leading onto the main roadway will park with his car right at the edge of the road. You can't see anything coming from the left and basically have to guess whether or not it's safe to go...or pull into the roadway to see around him.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    You know that last point results in some pretty nasty accidents. Red lights mean stop. Stop. You can't see everything, especially with some of the illegal parking of SUVs and trucks that obstruct sightlines...
    Assuming the sight line is clear and there is no traffic, I really don't care or when one is stopped at a red light, with absolutely no traffic, proceeding should be fine.

    I'd prefer more traffic lights be replaced with stop signs.
    So many lights are poorly timed and don't correctly control the flow of traffic.

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Also, for helmets, if a person chooses not to wear a helmet, that is thier choice, but for CHILDREN, but a helmet on his/her head.
    I live in a somewhat rural area, I see people with kids of ATV's all the time, without helmets, with their children in lap.
    It's dumb but going a slow speed isn't a big deal, it's when they're on the road, going a fast speed where it turns to dumb.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Which is why most places have laws in place for slower traffic to keep right. Too bad I rarely see it enforced...
    It's practically never enforced around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    How about idiot scooter riders going the wrong way on a narrow ONE-WAY road???

    Most traffic laws are pretty logical and make sense... there are a small handful that are rather non-sensical, but that doesn't invalidate the rationale for the vast majority of them...
    That's true too, but I'm pretty sure that where you are, the scooter is the prime choice for transportation.
    Around here, it's the opposite.

    Some make sense, others do not.
    The pedestrian has gotten an entitlement idea, because they are supposed to have the right of way, when they have he ability to respond and stop faster than a vehicle.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    I don't know how it is elsewhere, but here in New York there's an offense called Speed Not Reasonable or Prudent.

    It's a fairly flexible, common-sense sort of rule. It can apply to the guy going beneath the limit but too fast for road conditions as much as it does to the guy not going fast enough to avoid causing an accident.

    Take a spin in LA and try doing the speed limit on the freeway when traffic isn't backed up -- sooner or later, a cop's going to find you and make it clear that you need to get a wiggle on ... or else.
    Doesn't work that way here.

    There are lots of blue hairs cruising in the left lane, going under the speed limit, when the prevailing speed is about 10 mph above it.
    They are mobile car accident causers.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    I've never been on a scooter, but I've done plenty of one-handed biking in my day.
    A bicycle is a fraction the weight of a scooter and rarely does a cyclist travel the speed scooters travel at... not comparable...
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I agree with your statement on parking issues, however I would add that when somebody parks within 10 feet of an intersection it is not only annoying, but can be incredibly unsafe. In my dad's neighborhood the asshole at the end of the street leading onto the main roadway will park with his car right at the edge of the road. You can't see anything coming from the left and basically have to guess whether or not it's safe to go...or pull into the roadway to see around him.
    At least where I live, most of the time, no parking zones make sense... either restricted at intersections (as you note) where they can interfere with sight-lines or at places where the road is too narrow for parking without interfering with the flow of traffic. Also, parking should not be allowed at fire hydrants or next to public utility facilities...
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