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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
    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.
    Until that vehicle you can't see gets you... I have seen the sad results of that conclusion numerous times...

    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.
    I live in an urban area. Lights are generally pretty well timed where I live, but there are exceptions.


    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.
    I live in a city of 2.5 million people and a metro area of 3.5 million. Riding a scooter (or even a bicycle) without a helmet is hazardous. Adults MUST put helmets on their kids heads for their own safefy. Once again, kids DIE in accidents from head injuries...
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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
    It's practically never enforced around here.
    Nor here, sadly...

    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.
    It does make more sense here for urban transportation than a car, and the climate here makes it far more viable than in most of the U.S. I am still partial to the bicycle myself, however...

    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.
    Pedestrians ARE supposed to have the right of way on crosswalks at uncontrolled intersections and with the light at controlled intersections. If you are turning left, yield to the pedestrian. Pedestrians should not jump out in the crosswalk in front of a vehicle, but vehicles should slow down in crowded urbal areas anyway and if someone IS walking in the crosswalk, they are required to yield to them...
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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
    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.
    Sometimes, intersections occur at places with 'blind spots' or curves that are just before the intersection. It is not safe to assume that there are no vehicles most of the time, as visability can be limited in hard to discern ways.


    Regarding slow drivers, I completely sympathize. Everywhere I've been in the world is different than Miami. In Miami, there is absolutely no sense of 'slow traffic keep right'. It seems there is always someone in the left lane going less than the speedlimit. It's dangerous and positively maddening.



    I would report an obvious drunk or madman, but that's about it (oh, and slow drivers).
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Not unless it was something serious. I'd probably report a drunk driver, but not someone who was going 15 mph over the speed limit.
    Ironically, I couldn't report a drunk driver if I wanted to. Talking on the cell phone while driving is illegal where I live.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    If I see someone driving recklessly, speeding wildly, or weaving as if impaired, yes I would and have reported their location and license plate to the police. The police will locate the vehicle, observe the condition, and the police will make the final determination of stopping or not stopping it. If I see someone run a red light or blow a stop sign, no way am I going to report them, then go to court where it would be my word against the driver's and I would be promptly sued.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I live in a place where moving and parking violations are commonplace and often put the safety of all users of the road at risk. Law here also permits people to report any and all traffic violations to the police with photograph/video evidence for the issuance of tickets after an investigation from the traffic police authorities.

    More and more people are reporting such situations. I would only report those that I think put people at risk. I am especially sensitive to those parents and grandparents who ride scooters without putting helmets on the heads of the children, but so many things go on that put people's safety at risk that I think all are fair game.
    That also goes on in Mexico and I don't understand why the police don't throw the adult in jail for putting the child in mortal danger.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I voted no.

    Both me and the police probably has better things to do than to track down every traffic violator. I would definitely report a drunk driver, though, and I may call the police about bad traffic areas, but that's probably it.
    Would you report a driver going 40 mph downthe street with their kids heads sticking out of the sunroof?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    If they don't have both hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2 o'clock, I'm making a call.
    It is supposed to be 9 and 3 now that cars have airbags.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Examples? Parking on the corner of the road, for example, makes a lot of sense in an urban environment. Red lights? Obstructing crosswalks? Parking in traffic lanes? Wrong way on a one-way road? No helmet on children riding on a scooter? Any of those not make sense?



    Video evidence can often show this too. Here, you can submit that to traffic police. I hate bus drivers who drive 5 cm off your rear bumber at 90 kph



    Going under the speed limit is a traffic violation???
    IN Mexico the worst drivers in order are

    Bus Drivers
    Taxi Drivers
    Police Officers

    The bus driver is first because he puts multiple lives in danger at one time, and the police have absolutely no respect for the traffic law what-so-ever.

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

    No because Im not an annoying little busy body.
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