I'd like to share my opinion about traffic in general in our Province, Country and generally almost all N.American continent.
My way of dealing with it seems to be different then anybody elses here but still cannot be wrong because as a result I enjoy almost total freedom to drive the way and speed I want, do not suffer financially, stay safer then most motorists and motorcyclists (no accidents or smallest mishaps even for last 12 years, completely clean driving record) and enjoy my driving/riding probably more then average person. I do not worry about a policeman giving me a ticket therefore can pay more attention to fast, safe and efficient way of driving my car or enjoying my motorcycle.
My early years of driving/riding were in Europe where driving is considered more like a privilege which you have to earn by long and tedious process of getting a license. Public transportation is very well developed in almost every country there and if you are too lazy or stupid or not really up to it you can perfectly spend all your life without having to drive a car, ride a motorcycle or even bicycle.
After immigrating to the land of milk and honey over 23 years ago one of the first things I noticed with horror was like almost everybody seemed to completely disregard basic safety rules on the road. People passing right, left and center, not yielding, cutting you off, driving too fast or too slow etc etc. The litany can go on and on. AND EVERYBODY GETS AWAY WITH ALL OF IT!
Then I got my Ontario drivers licence for almost literally nothing! I could be completely illiterate for all they knew. My English language skills were almost zero but here, this is your shiny new license. Then I started getting tickets for things COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO SAFETY OR COMMON SENSE. But my fellow drivers on the road were getting away with almost murder on everyday basis. I would feel vastly safer driving 240 km/hr on the freeway in Germany or Italy then now driving on 401 80 km/hr in medium light traffic.
Well, I learn fast thats for sure. They will not extort my money so easily and maybe kill or maim me in the process. It did not take all that long to understand that all the traffic law enforcement is only, 100% about money and 0% about safety. The whole system of police, courts, insurance, points etc is nothing more then extortion mafia organization milking the public as fast and efficiently as possible giving nothing in return. If you resist in a proper way they let you go, because it is not worth to loose time and resources on you. There is milions of other suckers paying throgh the nose silently, fast and efficiently.
This attitude, blatantly shown by te police especially, results in a cynical and very damaging reaction of the people, at least most of them. The public stops regarding traffic laws as legitimate. Before any of you will disagree just look around. EVERYBODY does it. Nobody treats the law as a law. Oh yes, many will say they do. Byt it is not true, simply as that.
It is very dangerous and very damaging. And it will only escalate, faster and faster. Just look what happens. And the way they react by more and more tickets all for the wrong reasons will not improve it but only aggravate.
As I said before I drive in as complete safety as possible. I speed as much as I want IF IT IS SAFE TO DO. I watch the other guy and try to think for him and myself at the same time. I always split lanes, drive on the shoulder when the traffic is backed up because that is what motorcycle allows you to do safely and efficiently. The whole world and California cannot be wrong.
And if I am stopped at a speeding trap or for other reason which has nothing to do with safety and maybe according to the letter of the law but against its spirit? Nothing to it. I accept the ticket without any protests because I know I will win it. It took some time and effort, some hours of studying and learning to know how but it was definitely worth it. I did elaborate more about it in my other posts and it is easy to find.
And, to finish it, here is my pledge:
The first traffic ticket which has originated with my driving the car or riding motorcycle in an unsafe manner I will gladly pay in full the next day being happy and thankful that at least this one policeman did his job properly this time.
This is my promise and I stick to it!