Thursday, November 27, 2014

The "Injustice" of Traffic Cameras

I find it really tedious and hypocritical and arrogant when people bitch about getting busted by traffic cameras, especially at 'stop' signs. The problem of underfunded municipalities because of tax cuts for the rich aside, there's a simple moral hypocrisy problem with the attitude.

I will illustrate in that classical Socratic way (or was it Aristotle? Let me check my notes...)

Me:
 "Let me get this right. You're righteously upset because a camera busted you for doing a 'California stop' thru a stop sign?"

Idiot:
"Hell, yeah! There wasn't anyone around. It's not right. If there ain't a cop to catch you, then it's unfair and unjust to use a camera."

Me: 
 "So, it's okay to roll through if no one catches you?"

Idiot:
"Right; I was in a hurry."

Me: 
 "So, it's okay to break the law, when you're in a hurry, just as long as no one catches you? You're mad because someone is holding you accountable when you broke the law?"

Idiot:
"It's like an unwritten rule. Cops are only allowed to bust you if they catch you."

Me:
"So, that's what you teach your kids? It's only wrong to break your rules and disobey your instructions if you catch them? So you teach your kids that breaking the rules - breaking the law - is only wrong if they actually get caught?"

Idiot:
"Well! Uh, that's..."

Me:
"Get the fuck out of my face."