I saw a major cluster f*** yesterday, basically a major highway was closed in both directions at a particular intersection. From google maps the closure was approximately 1.5 miles north of a major traffic jam.
I witnessed a police officer waving cars through, then holding out his hand and crossing randomly.
I was on the cross street and thinking, ok, some cop randomly tells you to keep going through a RLC, and you get a ticket. You're justified for going through, right? But what kind of administrative nightmare do you face? Do the people who review the pics say, hey, there's a man with a yellow vest in the pic, we let this go?
What I think is amazing is how random the cop's actions were, it wasn't that he was stationed there to direct traffic, he was randomly crossing the multi-lane highway and either telling people to go, or to stop, with his hand.
Again I go to California--if this were California, the cop would cross with the signal, not randomly against the signal, and telling traffic on a whim what to do.
The police officer is the traffic control device and his actions supersede the mechanical signal. A photo would show an officer in the intersection.
Tell it to the judge.
I agree that the officer has priority over the traffic device, however I believe it depends on where he is standing if the camera will capture his image.
The Cop thrumps the camera!
I doubt any tickets would be issued. If a police officer is waiving you through and you don't go, try telling that to a judge.
Public Safety personnel ALWAYS override any traffic control signals. And I doubt the camera would sit there clicking away. Even if it did, whomever is reviewing the pictures would notice that there were hundreds of violations within the timespan of an hour. I feel that any anomaly like that would trigger an automatic review of the camera to see if it was malfunctioning.
I agree that common sense should prevail. The only concern I had was that the cop was acting randomly, we're not talking about on Canal St. when a NYPD traffic cop is directing ALL traffic despite the RLCs on Houston St.
This cop was randomly walking across the busy roadway, telling people to stop when he decided to cross, and he did it approximately 5X.
It may very well be tell it to the judge, which is wasted time imho. I wouldn't be so sure the cam wasn't clicking away (were you there?).
I have lots of cop friends and they said they trump the camera. If I recall, when I took my written test many years ago, it also said this.
Hopefully common sense would prevail in a situation like this.
I doubt you would ever end up in court. Assuming there is no error catching already automatically built into the camera, when whoever is reviewing the camera realized that he has 500 extra to go through at one intersection, you would think he'd try and figure out why...
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