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2009-10-01 03:24:47.340195+00 by meuon 5 comments

http://www.shortyellowlights.com puts some money where their mouth is. Good clean informative website with some proposed standards about light timing.

Wish they could help me with the short yellow light and intersection I hit in St. Louis last month. I got mailed pretty pictures of my truck and a bill for $90. I had a truck full of people and I was not driving fast (40mph according to the picture), but I could not have stopped safely in the time of the yellow light. I hate St. Louis, this is just one more reason.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-10-01 14:39:40.969586+00 by: m

I remember doing a physics word problem that showed that for a given speed, stopping distance, distance from the light when it turned, and yellow light time, that there were cases when the driver could not stop for the red light. Of course that was more than 40 years ago, and I doubt that I could solve it now.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-10-02 08:57:10.458468+00 by: meuon

The traffic camera/revenue creation people have done that math. That one was a short yellow.

If it wasn't an 8 hour drive away, I'd be fighting that one in court.

I got nailed a few months ago here in Chattanooga in a clear violation (rolling stop on right turn) and I sucked it up and paid the fine. Same for a speeding one a while back (although I don't know who was actually driving my Mini those days).

But all of this makes me muse about James-Bond style license plate flippers, holographic lenses on top of the plate that displays a different plate from a high angle.. etc..

I watched V is for Vendetta again, it's becoming a favorite movie of mine.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-10-02 13:20:48.793368+00 by: andylyke

I think there'd be a solid market for license plate sized monochrome lcd screens that you could trigger to opaque when you're running that light. Any takers out there?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-10-02 21:53:46.489421+00 by: TheSHAD0W

A lot of people with pick-up trucks who live in red-light-camera land have been leaving their tailgates down; it makes it impossible for the mast-mounted cameras to get the plate numbers. Great in New Mexico where you get hit for speeding through intersections as well as running lights.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-10-06 21:14:02.039992+00 by: Shawn

V fans represent!