A Positive Result of the Corona Virus Scare

Written by Gregory Monte. It appears that Pennsylvania has finally joined the information age – too bad it took a coronavirus scare to do it. I don’t know if this is a permanent change, but for now there will be no more time wasted waiting in line at the PA DMV to get your license renewed … Continue reading A Positive Result of the Corona Virus Scare

Fewer Black Drivers Stopped at Night – Proof of Racial Bias?

Written by Gregory Monte. If you think that police officers should be upheld as paragons of the law, you may not like the results of a recent study by Stanford University: “The largest-ever study of alleged racial profiling during traffic stops has found that blacks, who are pulled over more frequently than whites by day, are … Continue reading Fewer Black Drivers Stopped at Night – Proof of Racial Bias?

Corona Virus is Reducing Auto Insurance Rates.

Written by Gregory Monte. I just found out that my insurer, Allstate, will be reducing my premium payments: Given an unprecedented decline in driving, customers will receive a Shelter-in-Place Payback of more than $600 million over the next two months. This is fair because less driving means fewer accidents ... Most customers will receive 15% of … Continue reading Corona Virus is Reducing Auto Insurance Rates.

More Corona Virus Times – Speeding is all the rage now, it appears….

Written by Gregory Monte. More and more often these days I am seeing articles about how motorists are speeding on the roads.  With so many citizens in quarantine, traffic is much lighter than it used to be so this kind of makes sense. Here are some examples: Speed camera violations skyrocket on empty New York City … Continue reading More Corona Virus Times – Speeding is all the rage now, it appears….

Traffic Ticket for Failure to Stop at a “Non-Existent” Stop Line?

Written by Gregory Monte. Jorge Sanchez was pulled over for violating the “stop bar” statute in Florida: 316.123 Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection “Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked … Continue reading Traffic Ticket for Failure to Stop at a “Non-Existent” Stop Line?

The Corona Virus and Self-Serve Gas Stations

Written by Gregory Monte. Because I work in New Jersey but live in Pennsylvania, I get to experience filling up my car in two distinctly different ways. In my home state I am allowed to do it myself but in New Jersey, someone else has to do it for me. The result is that I almost … Continue reading The Corona Virus and Self-Serve Gas Stations

DUI Checks, Seat Belt Checks … Corona Virus Checks?

Written by Gregory Monte. I can kind of understand why there might be DUI and Seat Belt Checks - although I have written why I don't agree with them in earlier posts: DUI Arrests: Victimless Pre-crime? Live Free And Die? Seat Belt Use in New Hampshire Seat Belt Ticket Ends in Getting Shot by Cop A Worrying Trend in … Continue reading DUI Checks, Seat Belt Checks … Corona Virus Checks?

Flipping Off a Cop – It’s Legal.

Written by Gregory Monte. In a blog post from last October (Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing?) I discussed why the following three actions were legal: Giving Middle Finger to a CopCursing at a CopCursing in Your Car (and a cop hears you) In a later post from last November (The Police and Free Speech) I … Continue reading Flipping Off a Cop – It’s Legal.

Corona Virus Times: Cops Still Handing Out Speeding Tickets

Written by Gregory Monte. The "Traffic Ticket Nazis" should be happy in these trying times. Traffic Ticket Nazi, noun: An individual who believes that tickets should be issued to all motorists for every minor traffic infraction. 1 mph over the limit?  Ticket. Failure to signal at a deserted intersection?  Ticket. Roll through a stop sign when no one … Continue reading Corona Virus Times: Cops Still Handing Out Speeding Tickets

School Speeding Ticket When Schools Are Closed?

Written by Gregory Monte. Amid all of the school closures around the country, you would think that the automated speed enforcement around schools would be unnecessary, right? Not in New York, however. According to a spokesperson at the NY DOT: “The law states the cameras must be on year-round from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., Monday … Continue reading School Speeding Ticket When Schools Are Closed?