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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Halifax traffic cops: masters of the ambush

Posted on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Let me begin by saying that I am not a habitual speeder; I never deliberately seek to wail through this town like the speed limit signs were written in Chinese. What my bitch is about is how some places in this damn town it feels like there's a conspiracy going on between city hall's speed limit setters and the cops who like to stake out the "shooting fish in a bucket" ambush chokepoints the city creates. What a transparent money grab! Case in point: Akerley Blvd in Burnside - a 4 lane street like many of others. Coming off the highway into town, the upper part's limit is 80km/hr, but at the bottom of the hill where it meets Burnside drive the limit suddenly changes to 50, and it's in the parking lot at the opposite side of this transition the donut horfing fuzz like to trap poor suckers like me who might just miss that little sign. Now here's why it is a big piss off: many similar major roads around town are limited at 70km to 80km/hr because they are major arteries (ex. Burnside drive, Forest Hills Parkway in Cole Harbour, which I would like to point out is only 2 lanes through a RESIDENTIAL area - it even has crosswalks) but for some fucking stupid reason Akerley blvd is set at 50 at the place I have mentioned. Why? I submit its because the city and cops have got too good of a ticket spree racket going to change it to what it ought to be.
---Traffic Cops' Bitch

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