IlDuce: On the subject of bad driving behaviour, Anyone had a letter in mail from police, or know anyone who has received one like this:
(note a friend of mine got one, he did not show me the letter, and he was a bit hazy recalling verbatim its precise wording)
"On xx of Feb 2010 (around 6/7 weeks prior to him getting the letter), you were observed not stopping for amber light on intersection of x and x streets at x.xxpm. You now have xx days to write to us explaining why you did not stop, or you could get up to a $10,000 fine...".
Well I guess that answered why I would regularly see an officer with no car, but holding a clipboard just lurking around various places, must be compiling a list of naughty people. But to me the whole thing seems silly, would anyone seriously remember going through an amber light, or any other similar thing, 6 weeks after its happened? I would drive through 100+ sets of traffic lights a day, which would be 4200+ sets of lights since the 1 time I got seen if I were to get a ticket. No way my brain could log all those insignificant events.
Whats the point in this letter, can anyone tell me? If he has been observed, why not send a ticket instead? To me asking for an excuse is pointless as one would not recall that specific event, and the only excuse could be something generic, or just an outright lie as an excuse.
It means someone complained and they don't have concrete evidence so are basically waiting for you to pay (which means a confession), deny it of course. Obviously if they had solid evidence you would have been given an infringement notice immdediately.