geogirl13 wrote:In my head I see it this way. Someone speeding sees a woman holding a sign and thinks "better slow down". They do so until they see the cop, and once in the clear they resume their speeding. Someone who is speeding that actually gets pulled over and gets a ticket will be far more likely to not speed in the future, having suffered an actual consequence that is not only an inconvenience, but expensive. I honestly don't understand her motivation in wanting to help complete strangers that are speeding through her neighborhood avoid a ticket. They offer no such thoughtfulness to her by ignoring speed limits and possibly endangering kids, adults, pets etc. To me it screams of "I hate cops, how dare they try and hand out tickets, cops suck" mentality, which I have no sympathy or understanding for. She says she wanted to help other drivers, but in reality I think she was just giving the cops the middle finger and her attitude continued through her arrest.
She went to jail for doing something illegal, standing in the street. That is the rule, and she broke it. She denies it, but does that mean she didn't do it? That is what she was arrested for, and the police did their job by enforcing the rule. She doesn't like it, she denies it, oldest story in the book. I am just happy she spent time in jail because she is stupid, but I understand not every stupid person can be thrown in jail. I just think that she was quite likely standing in the street, and is just denying it. Someone who will go to lengths to be counterproductive to the police is bound to keep up the "look how horrible the police are" stance - claiming they arrested her for nothing. Why would I read this story and believe anything she says?
In my opinion there is a complete lack of respect for authority these days that is growing and growing and being shown in the young people, based on what behaviors they see from adult role models.
I agree that I don't understand why she (or anyone) would consider it worth this much time or effort to hold up the sign about the speed trap and that it sounds odd. I also appreciate your clarifying the comment about spending time in jail because it was stupid. In your PP, it sounded like you were saying that because holding up the sign was stupid, she should go to jail whether it was actually illegal or not and that was what was bothering me. If the actual point is that you don't believe she was on the sidewalk and support her being ticketed for the standing in the street violation. That makes more sense and I can see your point. I disagee that it is clear from the article where she was standing and think that this type of disagreement around fact is why we have hearings to sort out guilt. I do wonder whether it is routine to arrest people and make them post bond over that type of infraction in this jurisdiction as opposed to simply issuing a ticket and requiring them to pay a fine. That seems a bit overkill for the actual charge and if it is not the usual practice, I would question the appropriateness of treating this woman differently, although again, I don't know the municiple code in Houston well enough to say which it is.
As for the speed trap issue (this has come up a few times, so my reply is intended to be general rather than directed at a specific poster). IME, speed traps are usually effective in reducing speed once people hear that they are there and start making an effort to be more mindful of speed in that particular area. If the point is to prevent speeding and with that to hopefully increase public safety, it doesn't do much good to have someone speed and then get a ticket because at that point they are already speeding. What does reduce speeding is for people to be more concerned about speeding either through education or a threat of penalty and reduce their speeds as a result. Speed traps to my understanding are set up to create a situation in which people pay more attention to their speed and as a result reduce it out of a more immediate than usual threat of punishment. Usually, that result is largely based on word of mouth communication. I don't see how participating in that communication (granted in an odd and OTT way) is worse than the example I gave above of mentioning it to a freind who is coming over to your house for dinner.