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  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    You know though, I have made it a policy to try and stop if I can if the light changes to amber, and if I can stop at all. Yesterday, I was about 4 car lengths from the intersection and the light turned amber...and the only thing I could possibly do was to go through the intersection.

    I looked in my rear view mirror and 4 cars that were at least 10 car lengths behind me went through the amber light......I do think it is getting ridiculous and people think if I can make it through I will do whatever I have to - speed up, gun it etc., to get through an amber light.....and that is going to lead to accidents especially if someone is trying to complete a left turn ahead. That's why I think red light cameras may not be as bad as we make them out to be.
    The result of red light cameras is that rear end collisions increase because people slam on their brakes as soon as the light turns amber.

    The local Dayton City and a couple of suburbs kept crowing about how their red light cameras were for safety. They touted decreases in accidents, supposedly, at certain intersections with the cameras as fact. It was all about safety.

    However, as soon as the second try by the legislature changed the red light law the communities were whining about how they couldn't afford to not have the income from the victims of the cameras. They lobbied and lobbied to change the new law. Dayton even indicated they'd continue with a new technique to circumvent the new law, but gave up on that after a few months of threatening.

    Ohio got rid of the law by requiring an officer be present when the "violation" of speed or red light was flashed. Legislators claimed they couldn't just make them illegal because of something called home rule in Ohio.

    A side note: since the communities claimed cameras were for safety rather than revenue, I suggested to my legislators to pass a law that 90% of the income (total) be given to counties surrounding the cities where the cameras were because that's where most of their income would be from--people from out-of-town who don't know the cameras are at certain locations (despite signs posted at city limits). It's the outside folks who got most of the tickets. And since safety was the issue, donating to charities or to the various rural county's villages and townships would be a good use for that money that didn't matter to Dayton since cameras were for safety not for income. LOL

  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    So did you guys win the lottery? Mike? NYC? Diriver? Anyone? Need financial advice? :D
    No, but thanks for asking. I don't even need advice on how to cash in for $4 for
    getting a Powerball number, let alone a "higher" prize.

    Reminds me of the story about the fellow a couple drawings back who mistakenly
    got MegaMillions ticket instead of Powerball and had the right numbers on it and
    was umhappy because he won _only_ $165,000,000 instead of winning the Powerball
    which was many hundreds of millions by then.

  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Going into the mid 50's tonight with highs tomorrow in the low to mid 60's.
    Checked out temp this morning before I went out to get morning coffee: my thermometer said the outside temp was 51.
    Oh, wait. There's a DECIMAL in between. 5 . 1 deg F.

  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    elsewhere, maybe Musk wasn't planning on selling batteries to GM when the ignition switch debacle started.
    You don't think Musk might be thinking of $$$ to himself. No. Couldn't be.

  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Would anyone care to comment on what you would do in this case? This happened in our semi gated community in Florida.

    We were walking our dog on one of the streets in the complex and we saw a car backing up at full speed on the street. The car backed up and went over the lawn and over the cement curb. It looked like a scene from a movie, Fast and Furious.

    I thought the driver would stop to assess any damage, but the driver put the car in drive and floored the car to a speed of between 50 and 60 mph (posted speed limit is 15 mph).
    The car was a Toyota.
    toyota? Another case of their Sudden Intended Acceleration from a few years back?

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