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In my observation the notion that police speed controls are inconsistent and a pointless harrassment of drivers is often connected to and explained with real or imagined police corruption (policemen pocketing a reduced fine). But consider the public transport comparison.

In Budapest, you can board most mass transit vehicles without controls (though there are now plans to change that), and the traffic company employs human controllers to reduce fare dodging (which is endemic). The controllers 'enjoy' the same low respect traffic police do, which is not unrelated to controller practices to try to maximise the number of caught 'customers', like standing at subway exits (rather than entries) and focus on the first days of the month (when most people have to buy their new monthly card and many forget to do so in time). Now, that may be a nasty attitude, but is it really an excuse for fare dodgers?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri May 31st, 2013 at 08:21:33 AM EST
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