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Re: CHAT: Speed cameras (was: Word usage in English dialects)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 19:29
Carsten wrote:
> However, is it true that in the US, 'tempo sinners' (as > they're called here by the bureaucracy) must go to jail for > one or two days depending on how much too fast they drove > on the highway? A acquaintance of mine told me once, this > happened to her mother when she were having a stay in > America.
No, I'm pretty certain this is not the case in any jurisdiction in the US. It sounds like the kind of urban legends that people spread because it justifies their prejudices, in the case that the US is the home of oppression and judicial malevolence. Typically, when one speeds (and we simply call them "speeders") and gets caught, the policeman writes you a ticket, and you have the opportunity to contest it in court. There are three options: "innocent", "guilty", and "no contest". Most people choose this last option, because they were in fact guilty, but they get out of the hassle of actually appearing in court, and they pay a small fee. One friend of mine plead innocent, however, because he was able to prove that the policeman in question was acting out of his physical jurisdiction, much as Mark suggests. In Texas, if you choose to contest the ticket, then you must appear in the county in question, which is often a major hassle when, say, you might have to travel a distance greater than that separating Paris from Berlin. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


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