It was just a finger.
We lead off today’s blog post by asking our readers from across Colorado and elsewhere to consider traffic tickets for a moment.
We note on our criminal defense website at Shazam Kianpour & Associates the often mistaken assumption that a ticketed traffic offense is largely an irritant/inconvenience and nothing more.
If you think Colorado's reckless-driving law only applies to those behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, you would be very wrong.
We noted in a recent blog post the traffic ticket woes of now former Denver Police Chief Robert White while he was on the job. And we stressed in our July 6 entry that the chief’s story was hardly singular, because “just about everyone can be pulled over and ticketed for some alleged offense.”
A recent Denver Post article described a certain local driver as having “a lead foot.”
The enforcement power of enacted state and federal American laws should apply with equal force to all citizens, right?
When Colorado drivers pull up to a stop sign or red light, the law is clear on what they should do: STOP. Similarly, bicyclists in Colorado are also required to stop and wait their turn when they encounter a stop sign or red light -- although some lawmakers are trying to change that with a recently introduced bill.
A sad reality that occasionally surfaces on Colorado roadways and elsewhere across the United States is road rage, which can lead to truly dire results for both offenders and victims.
Colorado join select other motorists nationally in subscribing to the stated rationale for red light traffic cameras, and thus accept them.