Re: Challenge every Red Light Camera Ticket!

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On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 00:50:07 +0200 (CEST), Nomen Nescio


Maybe this is why I haven't seen a lot of these cameras in Texas: the traffic code there states that if a driver enters an intersection legally, he/she can leave the intersection legally.
Therefore, it doesn't matter if the light turns red while you're in the intersection-- you don't get a ticket so long as the light was yellow when you entered it.
There is no ability to shorten yellows to trap drivers so the profit motive just ain't there.
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BTR1701 wrote:

Sure there is, even so. To give you an extreme example, let's say that there's a 50 MPH speed limit on a road you typically drive. The yellow light at a camera-controlled intersection lasts only 0.5 second. You may see the light turn yellow while you're a few hundred feet away and (logically) assume that it's going to last 4-5 seconds based on the speed of traffic, so you keep your foot in it, as you could probably barely stop before the intersection without locking 'em up as it is, and you will likely have cleared the intersection within 5 seconds if you maintain speed. However, the light turns red before you enter the intersection, and smile! you know the rest.
An extreme example, but the same sort of thing happens all the time with RLC's, just not quite as short yellows.
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BTR1701 wrote:

You haven't thought it thru very well. The yellow is there to warn the drivers that it will turn red in a few seconds. If it turns red too qickly, then entering the intersection "legally" (i.e., on the yellow) doesn't apply (because there's this thing called "finite stopping distance").
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