The autobahn has no speed limits and the accident rate is lower than on the US interstate system ... It's not about safety:<quoted text>I didn't say it was all about safety. Yes, the fines are exorbitant but that's not really a valid argument against tickets. You could be affected by someone else not wearing a seatbelt, or speeding. Worse injuries to another could cost you more in taxes or your medical insurance. This is one instance of a domino effect. I guess if the person dies that wouldn't affect you.
Hey, I like nothing more then going 70+ on I57 and I wish I could flash a sign in the back of my car that says "slower traffic stay right", but it's the idiots driving drunk, otherwise impaired, texting, cell use, etc. that can't handle all of the above while going 70+mph. They could all affect you while you're on the road.
Are you saying that ticketing is fine as long as the penalties weren't too high or that it should be a free for all on the road and no tickets? There have always been quotas, although long denied. I remember the good old days when I was young and cute and got out of several speeding tickets.
Your job depends on rules and regulations, doesn't it? And there are some potentially high costs for not following them ?
The cop that gave that seatbelt ticket was too zealous, if that's the word, another cop in the same scenario might not have.
My best friend's niece was killed by a kid speeding through a stop
sign on a rural road. She was a good and productive person. If he would have been stopped before that I really don't care if his fine was 5 bucks or a thousand.
If drunks are a problem instead of random speed traps and ticketing folks who aren't even driving unsafe, but police outside of bars. It's illegal to drive drunk afterglow and police would just be doing their job, as Jess likes to point out, but they don't. Instead, they pick and choose what laws they want to enforce and to what extent.
My job is not parasitic. I don't make my living by making folks miserable. I picked my area in part because of this.
In terms of how I view tickets ... it's primarily a racket designed to increase revenue.
In terms if your niece, people are imperfect. There are going to be accidents regardless of what police do. The kid obviously didn't see the stop sign. Police enforcement isn't going to change that. It's not like people try to blow stop signs intentionally, unlike speeding.