You've never crossed the line? If the yellow was a bit short, the guy
had a tailgater he was trying to avoid, a distraction by another car,
are all reasons you may slip a bit over the line. I guess it is
better to just keep going as long as you'll be paying anyway. screw
safety, get your money's worth.
(sigh) Yeah Ed, I have.
I also occasionally exceed the speed limit, even with the cruise
control engaged, and I sometimes park further than 18" from the curb
and have even been known to let my parking meter expire (gasp!). But,
it's damn rare cuz I treat driving as a full-time job requiring my
full focus, not a sideline activity requiring only occasional
attention, like so many other drivers. And, if it should occur, I got
no bitch if I get nailed, do I?
A tailgater or short yellow lights are bogus excuses. If yer paying
attention and know yer business, you slow down even further back from
the stop line or pull over to let the jerk pass you. You should also
know where the short yellows are or at least assume that one might
occur. Anticipating poor drivers and bad conditions is part of being
a good driver.
Holy crap. When I took my drivers test in PA we had to parallel park
within 6" of the curb. It was later changed to 12". Over 18" from the
curb? I just checked PA and it's still 12" but sure enough it is up to
18" here in TN. I'd be embarrassed to leave a vehicle sticking out more
than about 10".
It is a skill that takes practice. When I lived in Philly, I could
parallel park in a spot an inch longer than my car. Now, I can go
months and not have to park at a curb. I do OK, but not as good as I
used to. It was a matter of survival if you wanted to park on the
I disagree. This is another case of big govt screwing the citizens.
Every prosecutor has discretion in determining charges to bring.
For the police to be ticketing drivers because their front wheel just
touches the white stop line is an abuse of power.
Also, I fail to see the slam against the media. It is a worthwhile
important story. Should not the people be aware of it, so that it
not happen to them? Isn't the purported claim of the police that this
is being done for safety? If that's true, then it's important to get
message out, is it not?
As to the safety issue, it's been shown in city after city that these
cameras have done nothing for safety. Many cities, like LA, are
taking them out. So, there the citizens got screwed twice. Once
by paying to put them in, then again by paying to take them out.
And then those unfortunate enough to get a ticket got screwed
a third time, because the cameras were ruled illegal and unenforceable
in court, though most who got the tickets paid them.
It's not very dangerous, but there has to be a definition of where to
stop; to borrow a phrase, you have to draw a line somewhere.
The state of competence among American drivers, at least around here is
shockingly bad - most people seem to feel the way you do about slightly
crossing the white line about other "minor" infractions like not
signaling, not using mirrors, forcing their way into another lane when
it's occupied by other traffic, turning into the wrong lane, etc. etc.
etc... unfortunately the only law that seems to be enforced is speeding.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Don't you need a license to sling that much cognitive dissonance?
You have tickets for failure to obey a highway sign, and a cracked
And, of course, you have cited these same motorists to be "perfectly
safe" at 80 mph, ad nauseum.
And, you're in a RLC thread.
You appear to be in the final stages of entirely disconnecting from
I'd say when the front bumper goes into the crosswalk would be a starter.
But different cars have different amounts of overhang, so some cars could
actually be on the line or over it, and NOT in the painted pedestrian
crossing lines. I hate those people who stop at the second line in the
crosswalk, and then give you a dirty look when you give them a dirty look
and a one finger salute because you have to walk around their car and into
Yes, the mayor should ALWAYS drive a new car, and a better model than any
citizen. It's just the right thing to do. I'll gladly pay $75 for going
six inches over the line any day. I have no idea how much sleep I might
lose if I were a scofflaw.
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