Unappealing day in court on traffic ticket protest

There are 14 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Aug 16, 2010, titled Unappealing day in court on traffic ticket protest. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

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Maynard, MA

#194 Mar 14, 2012
I have read these posts with great interest. Yes, I am one of the unlucky drivers caught in the Thorndike/Highland stop light turkey shoot. You may ask me, "Are the cops being aggressive with traffic tickets?". Emphatically, yes. To make a long story short, I appealed my bogus ticket and proved that the cop was WRONG and I still lost in court. How do I know the cop was wrong? Here are the "untruths" the police said in court:
(1) The yellow light was 5 seconds (I had video that showed it was 2.5 seconds). I saw another post that attempted to show that the lights are timed so you can get through them under yellow IF you are traveling at the speed limit. That intersection was nearly impossible to get up to 30mph which leaves the 2.5 sec yellow window TOO SHORT (I proved this in court)
(2) He stated to the judge he saw me cross the stop line when the light was RED (my photo evidence showed THERE WAS NO STOP LINE).
(3) He stated to the judge he saw me cross the crosswalk when the light was RED.(my photo evidence showed THERE WAS NO CROSSWALK). With the contradictory evidence I provided, 89.9 should have be judged to be invalid.
(4) He had no evidence that showed the thorndike/highland intersection complied with Ch89, paragraph 9. Therefore, you cannot use that law when an intersection does not comply with the law (photo evidence showed IT DID NOT COMPLY). This is same thing as using an un-certified radar gun when taking speed. You just can't do it because it's against police procedures.
(5) He stated to the judge that the fine was $150. A copy of the Traffic Law I provided stated the fine is $100 for first 89.9 violation. The cop didn't even follow his own procedure by first looking up my driving record and applying the correct amount.

Did I run the RED light, NO WAY, the traffic patterns there force drivers to avoid cars swerving from left to right and blocking the right hand lane without warning. Do the cops know this? Of course they do and that's why they make that area their turkey shoot. Drivers attempting to avoid this hazard get "caught" by applying the brakes which prolongs the time it takes to get through the intersection. This is NOT running a red light, it is the drivers duty to avoid the hazard (Ch 85). Did the cop manufacture evidence and a story to cover himself? Of course he did. Did the judge FOLLOW THE LAW in this case and dismiss this it? No, he even agreed that the signed affidavit (the ticket itself) was incorrect (i.e. the cop provided a FALSE affidavit) and he corrected it (dropped the fine to $100) for the cop! Believe it, if you go to court, you are are not viewed with equal rights. It's the judge AND the cop against YOU (the predisposed guilty one) and guess what, the chances of you winning are close to nil.

Some of you might think, "this guy is one of those arrogant drivers" but let me tell you, this was the FIRST red lens violation I have EVER had in my 35 years of driving. you read that right, 35 years. Someone of my age with 4 kids in the car do not drive around Lowell blowing stop lights. Just doesn't happen. But somehow by the cops writing a puff piece in the local paper cheering for themselves will make you believe they are doing their job. Think again. Harassment? Money flow? You be the judge.

Oh, and why did I signed this "Stay out of Lowell". That's easy, because now I do. You should too.
Peter

North Andover, MA

#195 May 8, 2012
Hi, I hear a lot about Lowell cops. Two days back I was stopped by Lowell cops saying I violated stop sign which I did not. I have a good driving record and am a safe driver. I was surprised and asked the cops as to why they stopped me. They told me the reason and gave me a ticket for $ 150 and told me to appeal in court. If there it doesn't work, I need to go to judge. They explained me everything. Now it all looks fishy for me . First they give me a ticket for no fault of mine and advise me to go to court.

is something going on there seriously with Lowell cops and the court
Patty

Tewksbury, MA

#196 May 22, 2012
how fair is showing up for hearing to fight red light ticket in lowell MA which i saw the officer parked Why would i jepoardize getting a ticket running the light. IT was yellow Anyway a fellow from NH fighting a speeding ticket in MA along with not having his insurance card with him gets off. What justified that?
Brian

Durham, NC

#197 Jun 12, 2012
Has anyone had any luck with contesting a red light violation ticket in Lowell?
You know who

Marlborough, MA

#198 Jun 13, 2012
Brian wrote:
Has anyone had any luck with contesting a red light violation ticket in Lowell?
Yes, as a matter of fact many people have had great luck with beating these types of tickets in Lowell. Of course, the people who are having all the luck beating these tickets are the friends and the family members of the Lowell cops themselves; along with the friends and the family members of cops who work in the surrounding towns to Lowell. These people have been effortlessly beating any and all tickets that do get issued againts them for years and years.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#199 Jun 14, 2012
Crimestoppers wrote:
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Our organization wishes the Lowell police did more to prevent the unacceptable number of murders, bank robberies, rapes, muggings and home robberies. It is unfortunate that we solve more crimes than they do because they are writing speeding tickets instead of protecting and serving the populace.
What you do not realize is that traffic enforcement leads to better enforcement of other laws. Many gun and drug cases begin as traffic stops where the officer sees something that gives the officer probable cause to search the car and find guns or drugs. Many people with warrants for failure to appear on prior cases are found and arrested as a result of traffic stops. A patrol officer who is out looking for traffic violators, making stops, is getting to know the people in his area. He is also making the police presence visible, which deters crime all by itself. The cops cruiser spooning in some parking lot behinds a building, not so much.
You know who

Marlborough, MA

#200 Jun 14, 2012
Amused wrote:
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What you do not realize is that traffic enforcement leads to better enforcement of other laws. Many gun and drug cases begin as traffic stops where the officer sees something that gives the officer probable cause to search the car and find guns or drugs. Many people with warrants for failure to appear on prior cases are found and arrested as a result of traffic stops. A patrol officer who is out looking for traffic violators, making stops, is getting to know the people in his area. He is also making the police presence visible, which deters crime all by itself. The cops cruiser spooning in some parking lot behinds a building, not so much.
You are "oh so right". These traffic stops are good solid police work. And, they keep the officers pretty darn safe because the majority of people being stopped in these roadblocks are honest, law abiding citizens. And, if they happen to have a minor issue with improper equipment on their vehicles it can result in a citation and additional revenue. So, again, the officers involved all remain safe and additional revenue is generated. Yes, in very rare cases a full fledged criminal may be grabbed in one of these traffic stops; but that is the exception to the rule. More often then not the people with outstanding warrents are decent people who just happen to not have paid a fine or appeared in court.

Let's keep these roadblocks going. Of course if an intoxicated off duty cop happens to get stopped in one of these roadblocks; let's be sure to give him a free pass. Let's just arrest the common man and the common women. It's good police work!
Yellow Light Citations

Clinton, MA

#201 Jul 2, 2012
Like this page if you want to put a stop to this ! https://www.facebook.com/YellowLightCitations...
Yellow Light Citations

Clinton, MA

#202 Jul 2, 2012
Peter wrote:
Hi, I hear a lot about Lowell cops. Two days back I was stopped by Lowell cops saying I violated stop sign which I did not. I have a good driving record and am a safe driver. I was surprised and asked the cops as to why they stopped me. They told me the reason and gave me a ticket for $ 150 and told me to appeal in court. If there it doesn't work, I need to go to judge. They explained me everything. Now it all looks fishy for me . First they give me a ticket for no fault of mine and advise me to go to court.
is something going on there seriously with Lowell cops and the court
I totally agree see my page https://www.facebook.com/YellowLightCitations...
Bananarama

Lowell, MA

#203 Feb 28, 2013
This woman magistrate is a real nazi.
John

Cedar Rapids, IA

#204 Apr 12, 2013
No they crap over every one. They only want your money for trafic tickets to justify their huge paycheck.
John

Cedar Rapids, IA

#205 Apr 12, 2013
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
What you do not realize is that traffic enforcement leads to better enforcement of other laws. Many gun and drug cases begin as traffic stops where the officer sees something that gives the officer probable cause to search the car and find guns or drugs. Many people with warrants for failure to appear on prior cases are found and arrested as a result of traffic stops. A patrol officer who is out looking for traffic violators, making stops, is getting to know the people in his area. He is also making the police presence visible, which deters crime all by itself. The cops cruiser spooning in some parking lot behinds a building, not so much.
If you really believe this, I have a bridge to sell. Look at their speed traps, they are money trap for sure. On rt 110 in Dracut speed limit is 45 and as soon as you enter Lowell it is 35 with a cop standing there and handing out the tickets as fast as he can write them. He has half the tickets prefilled and do not run any check just one ticket after another. If the fine $ would go to state or FED, you would not see a single ticket in Lowell
Annoyed

Lakeville, CT

#206 Jul 16, 2013
Stay out of Lowell wrote:
I have read these posts with great interest. Yes, I am one of the unlucky drivers caught in the Thorndike/Highland stop light turkey shoot. You may ask me, "Are the cops being aggressive with traffic tickets?". Emphatically, yes. To make a long story short, I appealed my bogus ticket and proved that the cop was WRONG and I still lost in court. How do I know the cop was wrong? Here are the "untruths" the police said in court:
(1) The yellow light was 5 seconds (I had video that showed it was 2.5 seconds). I saw another post that attempted to show that the lights are timed so you can get through them under yellow IF you are traveling at the speed limit. That intersection was nearly impossible to get up to 30mph which leaves the 2.5 sec yellow window TOO SHORT (I proved this in court)
(2) He stated to the judge he saw me cross the stop line when the light was RED (my photo evidence showed THERE WAS NO STOP LINE).
(3) He stated to the judge he saw me cross the crosswalk when the light was RED.(my photo evidence showed THERE WAS NO CROSSWALK). With the contradictory evidence I provided, 89.9 should have be judged to be invalid.
(4) He had no evidence that showed the thorndike/highland intersection complied with Ch89, paragraph 9. Therefore, you cannot use that law when an intersection does not comply with the law (photo evidence showed IT DID NOT COMPLY). This is same thing as using an un-certified radar gun when taking speed. You just can't do it because it's against police procedures.
(5) He stated to the judge that the fine was $150. A copy of the Traffic Law I provided stated the fine is $100 for first 89.9 violation. The cop didn't even follow his own procedure by first looking up my driving record and applying the correct amount.
Did I run the RED light, NO WAY, the traffic patterns there force drivers to avoid cars swerving from left to right and blocking the right hand lane without warning. Do the cops know this? Of course they do and that's why they make that area their turkey shoot. Drivers attempting to avoid this hazard get "caught" by applying the brakes which prolongs the time it takes to get through the intersection. This is NOT running a red light, it is the drivers duty to avoid the hazard (Ch 85). Did the cop manufacture evidence and a story to cover himself? Of course he did. Did the judge FOLLOW THE LAW in this case and dismiss this it? No, he even agreed that the signed affidavit (the ticket itself) was incorrect (i.e. the cop provided a FALSE affidavit) and he corrected it (dropped the fine to $100) for the cop! Believe it, if you go to court, you are are not viewed with equal rights. It's the judge AND the cop against YOU (the predisposed guilty one) and guess what, the chances of you winning are close to nil.
Some of you might think, "this guy is one of those arrogant drivers" but let me tell you, this was the FIRST red lens violation I have EVER had in my 35 years of driving. you read that right, 35 years. Someone of my age with 4 kids in the car do not drive around Lowell blowing stop lights. Just doesn't happen. But somehow by the cops writing a puff piece in the local paper cheering for themselves will make you believe they are doing their job. Think again. Harassment? Money flow? You be the judge.
Oh, and why did I signed this "Stay out of Lowell". That's easy, because now I do. You should too.
Over a year later and nothing has changed.
Unreal

Billerica, MA

#207 Mar 25, 2014
Yes more police patrol on the epidemic on heroin dealers in the town of Lowell than setting up speed traps on the connector

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