Written by Gregory Monte. “Revenue” Don’t you just love how the government uses the term revenue to refer to money that it takes from people without their consent? Two classic examples: TaxesTraffic Fines Whereas a real business earns revenue/profit by producing a product that consumers voluntarily purchase, government uses force when it conducts its affairs. This … Continue reading Traffic Tickets Provide “Revenue” and “Profit” for the Government.
Written by Gregory Monte. Here are two headlines related to speed limits: Higher Speed Limits Led to 36,760 More Deaths, Study Shows Higher Speed Limits May Save Lives Confused? Well, lets add that higher speed limits are also apparently bad for the climate. Dutch government slashes highway speed limit to tackle climate change “The Dutch government … Continue reading Lower Speed Limits Protect Motorists … From Climate Change?
Written by Gregory Monte. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a motorist’s First Amendment right to “disrespect” a cop: Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing? My research revealed that the following three actions are protected: Giving the middle finger to a copCursing at a cop directlyCursing in your car in … Continue reading The Police and Free Speech
Written by Gregory Monte. I don’t usually write about traffic laws in other countries, but when I read that a driver in the UK got a ticket for splashing a pedestrian, I felt compelled to check out the section of the code which he had violated: UK Road Traffic Act, Part 1, Section 3: “If a … Continue reading A Ticket for “Inconsiderate” Driving?
Written by Gregory Monte. NOTE: The purpose of this post is to show how technicalities in the law can be used to win a traffic court case. In no way, shape or form am I suggesting that you should try to elude the police. Eluding the Police As you might imagine, eluding/evading a police office is … Continue reading Unmarked Police Car? You may not be required to pull over.
Written by Gregory Monte. I was alerted to this situation after reading the National Motorist Association website today. An article was posted about New York State Troopers disguising themselves as construction workers in order to catch violations of the motor vehicle code. “During ‘Operation Hardhat,’ troopers dressed as highway workers, while stationed in active work zones, … Continue reading Very Sneaky: Cops Dressed as Construction Workers.
Written by Gregory Monte. Court of Justice? Would you be annoyed if an individual defending himself before you in court on a speeding ticket charge got a more lenient sentence than you for the exact same offense? Sounds unfair, right? Well, it turns out that judges have wide discretion when it comes to sentencing. Consider the … Continue reading A Judge’s Discretion in Traffic Court