The Easiest Way to Beat a Traffic Ticket – Use the Federal MUTCD

Written by Gregory Monte. If you check my blog archives you will see that I have written 18 posts which discuss how the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) can be used to beat a traffic ticket (speeding, stop sign, red light, etc.).  If you want to take a deep dive into this topic, … Continue reading The Easiest Way to Beat a Traffic Ticket – Use the Federal MUTCD

The “Cowboy” PA State Troopers – True to Form Yet Again …

Written by Gregory Monte. As I indicated in yesterday’s blog post, the Pennsylvania State Police step-up enforcement on the roads during each holiday season and then report the results of their efforts on the  “Pennsylvania Pressroom” page.   Well, the results are now in for Thanksgiving. Before I discuss those results, let me remind readers that … Continue reading The “Cowboy” PA State Troopers – True to Form Yet Again …

In PA, Very Few Holiday Crashes Involve Alcohol

Written by Gregory Monte. The Pennsylvania State Police step-up enforcement on the roads during the following holiday seasons: New YearsSpring BreakMemorial DayJuly FourthLabor DayThanksgivingChristmas You can see the breakdown of tickets issued by going to the “Pennsylvania Pressroom” page on the State Police Website. When I sifted through the data from Memorial Day 2016 through Labor … Continue reading In PA, Very Few Holiday Crashes Involve Alcohol

A “Speed Trap” for the Cops?

Written by Gregory Monte. If a cop gives you a “break” on your speeding ticket, can you use this leniency against him in court?  Sounds like a terrible thing to do, right?  Maybe, but it might be worth a try if you are pissed off enough about getting that ticket in the first place.  The way … Continue reading A “Speed Trap” for the Cops?

“Testilying” – How Cops Routinely Lie in the Courtroom

Written by Gregory Monte. I first discussed the issue of cops lying in court back in early June – Cops Would Never Lie in Court … Right? I bring it up again, because in the course of recent research I came across a term that I had never heard before.  In People v. Campbell, 2019 IL App … Continue reading “Testilying” – How Cops Routinely Lie in the Courtroom

A $290,000 Speeding Ticket? Be Thankful You Don’t Live in Switzerland.

Written by Gregory Monte. The announcement of this expensive speeding ticket was big news back in 2010, but I don’t ever remember hearing about it.  I guess it was back before the time I cared all that much about traffic issues.  How times have changed. What is going on here? “In 2002 Swiss voters approved replacing … Continue reading A $290,000 Speeding Ticket? Be Thankful You Don’t Live in Switzerland.

Traffic Tickets Provide “Revenue” and “Profit” for the Government.

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.