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Re: de plane, de plane

> I don't know where you got your definition of a speed trap, but most 
> states use lines painted on the highway and merely start timing you as you cross
> the first, and stop as you cross the second.  The distance between the two being
> fixed, the calculation is usually reduced to reading your speed directly from a 
> pre-printed chart.  BTW, VASCAR is another of them time-distance calculatin' 
> muthas...
... it turns out that in the state of California the law states that 
speed traps are illegal.  In this definition prohibits the CHP or local
REOs from measuring a distance and timing how long it takes you to cover
that distance.  The way they sneak around the law is that they match 
your speed with the plane and time how long it takes the plane to cover
a known distance.  

On another part of this thread ... I do not believe that it is necessary
for the plane operator to sign the ticket ... there is probably some 
sneaky way to obviate the observing officer from signing the ticket.  

Another definition of a speed trap in CA is related to the applicability 
of RADAR evidence.  They must do a RADAR survey of the stretch that they 
want to monitor and demonstrate that 85% of the traffic travelled at or 
below the posted limit.  If this is not the case it falls under the speed 
trap definition.  

Steve Buchholz
San Jsoe, CA (USA)