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No Turn On Red [Sep. 16th, 2009|11:39 pm]
I got a traffic citation on the way to the gym this evening.

(And I would just like to digress for a moment to point out the significance of that prepositional phrase: I have been going to the gym. Voluntarily, even!)

There was a green arrow that turned yellow, and I thought it would be followed by a straight green, so everything would be fine because there was no oncoming traffic, but no. It turned red after the arrow. And there was a police car right there.

In theory, I could go to court and probably plea bargain for a deferral or whatever, but if I mail the fine within 20 days it's only 2 points instead of 4, and it's not as if there's any confusion as to what happened. It is, as they say, a fair cop. I think the responsible thing to do is just own up to it and pay the fine.

Or, as we used to say in Teh Old Country*: Eit!



I had my moment of antisocial rebellion in response.

In the locker room after my workout, I suddenly realized that I was completely alone. There was no-one else present; no witnesses, no-one to report me.

I knew what I had to do:

I turned off the televisions.

[User Picture]From: lostncove
2009-09-17 06:23 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kung_fu_monkey
2009-09-17 06:56 am (UTC)
As they only play FOX, you did a service to the community. You could present this as evidence of your character to the judge!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-09-17 06:53 pm (UTC)
I got one of those for Christmas one year. It didn't work. :/
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2009-09-17 12:32 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of you the other day when I ran into a Critical Mass event in Ft Collins that not only blocked traffic downtown, but prevented me from going where I had planned on going in or outside a motor vehicle. There were bicyclists riding down the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD. I was both shocked and appalled by my 'grown up' response to civil disobedience, which I generally support. But I also remembered you talking about law enforcement and how many laws---like driving on the correct side of the road---are kind of 'duh' laws, people follow them because to not do so is to risk one's life and the lives of others. THEY WERE BREAKING A 'DUH' LAW. It upset me beyond belief.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2009-09-17 03:20 pm (UTC)
I got a citation in Boulder for running a red. Here's the thing: Colorado has a really high risk threshold for running through yellow lights, and I think you once told me it was due to some kind of timing of the yellow light that encourages the behavior (long yellow, I think?). So after I first moved here, I noticed everyone in Boulder happily moving through the intersection while the light was red. So my indignation for getting cited was based on the observation that you need to have a Colorado license plate to run red lights.

Clearly you disproved that theory.

They have television in the locker room? That's like having a TV in your bathroom. I am certainly a fan of near-constant distraction (music for me), but that seems terribly excessive even to me.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-09-17 06:51 pm (UTC)
They have television in the locker room?

Sadly, they do. It's one of the few things I dislike about the gym.
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[User Picture]From: kev_bot
2009-09-17 07:00 pm (UTC)
Um. What!? Don't they know we're all busy watching the burly hairy dudes undress, while trying to pretend we're messing with our locks, and don't have TIME to watch TV?
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2009-09-17 06:39 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: backrubbear
2009-09-20 11:33 pm (UTC)
/me *applause*
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