Here in Australia, back in 2005, I got a fine for passing through a red light with my BICYCLE.
(it was green for pedestrians).
I *saw* the bicycle police (three cyclists) who were on my right and I just went through. Then they
followed after I STOPPED at another red light (which was red for pedestrians too).
The following dialogue took place:
Police: why did you go through the red light?
Pantazis: what do you mean? It was green!
Police: No, it was red.
Pantazis: No, it wass green!
Police: No, it was red.
Pantazis: No, it was green!
Police: No, it was red!
Pantazis: No, it was green!!!
Police: No, it was red!!! (he was getting a bit upset here, so I had to explain myself LOL)
Pantazis: I am talking about the pedestrian light. It was green!
Police: Yes, but you are driving a vehicle.
Pantazis: A what????
Police: A vehicle.
Pantazis: Yes, but where is the license plate? where is the engine etc.? How can it *be* a vehicle???
Police: According to the policy blah blah blah, page blah blah blah, a bicycle *is* a vehicle.
Pantazis: You are kidding me right?
Police: Please show me your driving license (now that was the BEST part!)
Pantazis: I am sorry, I come from a tiny island with no cars, I don't have a car driving license
and I never intend to get one! I support anything against polution.
Police: I am sorry but you will have to pay a $300 fine.
Pantazis: (at that time I was a PhD student with a simple scholarship) EXCUSE ME??? (I showed him my student card)
Police: ok, ok, just because I am in a good mood, I will ask for the half of this to be paid.
*he then passed to me the infridgement notice*
So... he actually made me a favour. How kind.
I decided to pay it, and keep the ticket. Maybe I could have taken it to court,
because the entire thing was ridiculous. But in the end it became one of the funniest
objects I ever paid/bought (for $150), and I had showed to all of my friends during parties.
It was a clear case were some "public servants" were overusing their power. I have kept the ticket
just to make fun of it and the people who issued it. I mean, if they were proud for issuing to me
such a ticket, they wouldn't have a problem if I showed it around, would they?
Let me add, that in the past, before and after that incident, I had seen many cyclists,
including the police, passing through red light which was green for pedestrians.
Was I supposed to read a booklet or something else, to know the actual road rules???
Now I want you to all think. I am always thinking of safety when I cycle and I anticipate
not only my moves, but the moves from other cyclists and cars. But the point is,
being conscious all my life, do you think I was conscious after that?
(Answer: not any more, I even used to advise people on the road, but that incident
discouraged me from ever doing it again, and it made me careless regardless certain things).
And after that, do you think I stop passing through red light for cars (and green for pedestrians)?
Since this forum is public, I will not answer, but one thing's for sure, I am looking around first,
just in case there are any "public servants".
Thinking of it, maybe I should have never stopped on the second light, and they would have never
been able to keep up with my pace. Or maybe this statement was because I am now thinking carelessly
which itself was a side-effect of that ticket.
Pantazis (aka Super Criminal)