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Old 03-31-2006, 04:02 AM   #11
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

Couple o' weeks ago, was headed back to ATL from Birmingham. Business, don'tchaknow which means 4 wheels.



Dark hit say 'bout Anniston as I was eastbound on I-20. A car fell in behind me sans headlights. No headlights all the way to western burbs of ATL. Thats a good 40 miles. And it was fully dark. And no headlights.



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Old 03-31-2006, 04:46 AM   #12
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

My Accord has dash lights that stay on all the time. After 25 years of driving this was new to me. I was conditioned to turn on the headlights when I could not see the dash lights. When I fist got the Accord I had a few occasions where I would drive from the very well lit parking lot at work without headlights. Now I just leave them on all the time. I can see how it could happen.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:23 AM   #13
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You know what, I am a pizza guy, and people try to kill me all the time. I've grown accustomed swerving to spare my life. Here's my take: If you are involved in an accident, it is your fault, (almost) always. If some guy t-bone's you, you should have been prepared for it. If somebody pulls out in front of you, you should be ready to dodge them. Always plan for the worst. Ride like you're invisible. That's what motorcycling is all about.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:39 AM   #14
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

I'll bid $1 Bob.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:47 AM   #15
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

You mean more gun laws won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals? I'm flabbergasted!
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:51 AM   #16
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

Last year I did a late night police ride-a-long with a DUI specialist. We pulled over and arrested drunk drivers all night long and I was amazed at how this guy could spot little things that gave him clues that the driver had been drinking. Clue #1 that he shared with me? Drivers pulling away at night before turning on the headlights.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:59 AM   #17
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

There are two big factors in modern society that foster negligence and inattentiveness----the transfer of restitution to the state instead of the individual, and insurance. When someone is convicted of negligence these days, their fine is paid to the state, their criminal sentence is served in state jails.....rarely are they forced to compensate the victims personally like they did in antiquity, in fact, once upon a time, that was the standard method, even in cases of criminal wrongdoing like robbery and rape.



Second, insurance has insulated people from bearing the burden of their mistakes. Studies show that areas where the rate of uninsured is higher experience, on average, less accidents than areas where the rate of insured is higher. It stands to reason that if you're not insured, you know the possible consequences and you're going to be more careful.
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:44 AM   #18
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

Isn't murder, bribery and vote fraud against the law in Chicago?



By the way, how's your ex-governore doing?
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:51 AM   #19
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I bet they do!
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:07 AM   #20
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Default Re: '$500 Fine for Failing to Pay Attention!' says mikenomad.

I don't hesitate to drive my car some evenings with at least a 0.07 BAC (too stressful driving sober). Think I'm the only one out there in that condition??
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