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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-18-2006, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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LONGMONT, Colo. - A man who said he bought a device that let him change traffic lights from red to green has received a $50 ticket on suspicion of interfering with a traffic signal.

Jason Niccum of Longmont told the Daily Times-Call that the device, which he bought on eBay for $100, helped him cut his time driving to work.

"I guess in the two years I had it, that thing paid for itself," he told the newspaper Wednesday.

Niccum was cited March 29 after police said they found him using a strobe-like device to change traffic signals.

"I'm always running late," police quoted Niccum as saying in an incident report.

The device, called an Opticon, is similar to what firefighters use to change lights when they respond to emergencies. It emits an infrared pulse that receivers on the traffic lights pick up.

Niccum was cited after city traffic engineers who noticed repeated traffic-light disruptions on certain intersections spotted a white Ford pickup passing by whenever the light patterns were disrupted.

City traffic engineer Joe Olson said traffic engineers plan to update the city's Opticon system this year to block unauthorized light-changing signals.




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- I was just reading this article! Time to go to eBay......

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- I was just reading this article! Time to go to eBay......
And then what happens when we approach the same intersection N bound and W Bound..... oh shit...




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yeah there was a thing on the news about people around here using them.. its a nice ticket if you get busted!

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-18-2006, 12:27 PM
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Funny... I know someone who was trying to build one of these... to bad it didn't work!

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yeah there was a thing on the news about people around here using them.. its a nice ticket if you get busted!
More than the $50 this guy got, that does not seem like much of a detterrent for messing with traffic signals..

Seems like it would be a larger hit, laws are probably not updated for its use




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Last I heard it was a felony to have one of these devices. Not worth the hassle.
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My friend got arrested for that, but the case got dismissed later, cause I guess police couldn't prove for sure that he had one of these things, but the lawyer's fee can add up to a decent ammount. I guess they weren't illegal when they first came out, but then the law caught up with technology.
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My friend got arrested for that, but the case got dismissed later, cause I guess police couldn't prove for sure that he had one of these things, but the lawyer's fee can add up to a decent ammount. I guess they weren't illegal when they first came out, but then the law caught up with technology.
Damn I guess I just have to go back to blowing red lights.




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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-18-2006, 02:06 PM
freaking newbies, man there slow, ha ha ha
 
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Funny... I know someone who was trying to build one of these... to bad it didn't work!

I just never bothered to tune it...I tried to adjust it by hand, but if anyone would like what I've built to tinker with then lemme know.
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Plus how do you get caught for using it? Even if a cop is not far from you then how would he ever guess that it's your car and not an emergency vehicle...not like the thing is strobing or anything?
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