Re: law enforcement for profit

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri May 05 2000 - 04:29:47 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> >
> >Explain to me how running a red light at an intersection when there are
> >no pedestrians or other cars present is a crime?
> Well, sure. Those of us with fairly good judgment and common sense would
> probably be safe most of the time running a red light when there is no
> approaching traffic. The unfortunate fact, though, is that not all drivers
> share those characteristics.
> For some purposes its just plain best to have a clear bright line between do
> and don't. If the rule were "its OK to enter the intersection whenever, in
> your sole judgment, it seems OK to do so..." Well I'm sure you can see the
> problems with such a rule.

No, I don't, mostly. I look at as a 'no harm, no foul, what they don't
know can't hurt me' type rule, such that, if my going through a red
light is not is not in the presence of any other vehicle or pedestrian
traffic, it is, literally, the proverbial tree falling in the forest. A
red light is a 'traffic signal'. If there is no other traffic, then
there is no point in signalling, its tantamount to talking to yourself
or masturbating in public.

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