[OT] Hit and Run

Alex Esplin alex.esplin at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 16:59:53 MDT 2007

On 8/21/07, Mister E <Mister.Ed at agoracart.com> wrote:
> The rest is fairly true. Citations are a revenue generator. Has been
> that way for the last couple of decades I've had dealings in this area.
>    Originally meant to be a deterrent, citations are now viable income
> streams for most cities and townships... main purpose of so called photo
> cops.  Provo City has become more aggressive with this aspect the last
> little while, in that they will issue citations to everyone involved in
> an incident traffic wise ... meaning no more true accidents.  Most Provo
> occifers that I have discussed it with dislike the mandate the mayor has
> handed down.

While I am not a fan of the idea of citations as a revenue generator,
I _am_ a fan of citing all parties involved IF (VERY IF) all parties
were partially responsible.

Case in point: Earlier this summer my wife was in an accident while
turning left from 900 S. to go north on State St. in south Provo.
According to the law, she is at fault, and was cited.  However, the
guy that hit her never even tried to slow down or avoid her, meaning
that he most likely didn't even see her.  He was cited for not
watching the road.  (I obviously don't know the terminology used in
his citation).  According to the traffic laws, my wife was totally at
fault.  However, if the guy who hit her had been paying attention,
there would have been no accident.  Situations like this are exactly
IMHO the reason for citing anyone who can be held partially
responsible for an accident.  As a result, my wife is now _much_ more
careful when making that turn, and I would hope that the guy who hit
her pays a little better attention to the road (I know I would).

Alex Esplin

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