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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brian Perry, Sep 25, 2002.
Maybe I'm the only commuter without one of these devices, or one that works in reverse--every light I approach turns red.
Hey if its not illegal yet, then why not. If someone wants to spend 700-1000 on something like that to save them 5 minutes then feel free.
I can think of several reasons. People using these will screw up the traffic patterns big time. One person using a device my not be a big deal but it would only take a handful of people to make rush hour trafic much much worse.
Also what if Joe Schmoe has one mounted on his SUV and uses it to get a green light and blocks a legitimate user going in a different direction? Joe might get home 5 minutes earlier, but someone else might die from having the ambulance or fire service being late.
Too many people these days won't take responsibility for what they do and anyone who would want to install one of these things is a prime example of wanting to make their own lives a little easier at the expense of others.
Why not? Because there's no way it would work. I'd say there's a 99% chance that those people are selling shiny cases full of used pinball machine parts. Even if a working version of this thing fell into consumer hands within a few weeks the authorities would switch frequencies or something.
I don't know if all these devices work the same in different areas, but around where I live I think it's just a strobe light set to flash at a certain frequency, pointing forward. It would be easy to build one, or modify an existing strobe light, but it would also be too easy to know who's got one (and they'd get caught) because strobe lights are quite visible. Also, I think it's illegal to have a light bar or other flashing light on a car that isn't an emergency (police, fire, etc.) vehicle anyway.
In my opinion, what's immoral about it is selfishness . "I want things to go my way and I don't care if someone else suffers because that's just how important I am!"
I believe that this attitude is pervasive among our society and is the root of many of our collective and personal problems.
Stepping down off my soapbox now
Jeremy has scraped the sludge off the surface; it certainly is about selfishness, immediate gratification. I won't go into a whole social commentary because it's not allowed.