Thursday, June 14, 2007

Marsha gets me going

Marsha is a friend who blogs; she really puts a lot of work into it, and shows everybody how you are supposed to do it.

Well, Marsha, I can't hope to match the excellent quality of your Blog, but your latest experience getting a ticket you describe at
finally got me going. I can't clutter up your Blog with this much stuff.

I thought you and I might be a victim of an over-bearing Federal government. I seem to have come across pretty good evidence. And a lot of things REALLY BOTHER ME about this.

First, take a look at this item:

I'm sure a good researcher could find something more up to date, BUT:

Amongst NHTSA recommendations made in 1999:

# Make Federal grant money available to jurisdictions that encourage legislation permitting the use of technology to fight aggressive driving.

# Provide Federal funds in the form of local grants to support innovative initiatives submitted by law enforcement entities.

I hardly know where to start. More on this later.
As for Marsha and I getting hit by the same sting, tell me this news story is not related:

Since this link will eventually disappear from the web, I'll save it completely below.

note this: "Aggressive driving is not just road rage, police said. Behaviors include speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, running red lights or stop signs, and using the shoulder to cut past traffic." [emphasis mine]

Now here is what really bothers me. A list.

*The federal government wants to be, as my wife Sue says, our Nanny.

*The Media cooperates fully, completely, absolutely. Of course they are getting a piece of the action, because the Feds make sure money goes for ads in the paper, radio, TV. Before I got my illegitimate citation [so ruled in a VA court] I was listening to the radio, and sure enough, there were ads warning aggressive drivers they were targeted and "sliding through stop signs" was one of the things mentioned.

*Like regulations that are to "protect the children," boy does it sound good. I think I thought "bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?" when I heard that radio ad. We'll be protecting the children!!

*Neither we, nor the Media, stop to ask "why are the Feds getting involved in local traffic regulation?"

*Neither we, nor the Media, stop to ask "hasn't this always resulted in a review of the ironical statement "I'm from the Federal Government and I'm here to help you!"

*Lo and behold, what BS regulation is easy to abuse here? Yes, indeed, the way almost all of us deal with stop signs these days, is technically a bit incorrect. Yep, if you wanted to, you could rake in the dough writing up tickets like crazy. Wasn't a problem before!

*Sure enough, seemingly rare if the local government is not prompted to do so, the only two incidents I am aware of, Marsha's and mine, are the worse kind of thing that you just hate to see: ordinary citizens harassed by the government over a Nanny issue. And I sat in on a whole day of court, a multitude of cases; I didn't see anybody getting nailed for "aggressive driving" issues [besides already targeted speeding cases] except for more of some upstanding looking citizens cited for this business of how they went through a stop sign or used right-turn-on-red.

More on this later. Much more. Repeat: you've got me going on this.



Anonymous said...


Let me be the first to welcome you to the 'blogosphere'.

Best wishes,


Marsha said...

If I had known then what I know now, I would have challenged the ticket! Honestly. I almost did. I was livid about the whole situation and I swore that I would make that cop show up in court. But then I calmed down and I just gave up because I knew that it would take up far more of my time than the cost of the ticket and unfortunately in my life, time is money. (I have no idea if this means points on my license. She did not say so. That would be bad.)

This goes along with my mantra that I picked up from my husband--don't they have real criminals to chase?

You go Carl the blogger!

Louise said...

We never get tickets for California stops up here. First of all, the cops are too busy busting meth labs. Secondly, if you managed to make a whole winter in AK without sliding through a stop sign or stop light, you probably don't drive. Here, we wait for 10 seconds after the light turns green to make sure no one's coming through.

crash said...

i've added your blog to my feed aggregator, i'm looking forward to it.

a good way to keep your blog going is to not take it too seriously. some people get tired of the amount of time they put into it. feel free to rant without a care to your audience.


Anonymous said...

One problem is that the jurisdictions have found that this a real revenue generator that they come to rely on. This is particularly true with Red light cameras and speed cameras. Instant money makers. In my mind this is revenue creation wrapped in the trappings of public safety.

Matt said...

That was me that just posted. I hit the wrong button.