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Re: TEXAS: Local police department will soon text drivers traffic tickets
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2022, 04:42:17 PM »
It's interesting that it is presented as a benefit for Trusted Drivers rather than a Big State interference in your private life.

Of course, ticket by mail was already implemented in Switzerland when I lived there in the 1990s and in Australia when I visited in 2002. I don't know about other countries (i.e. is the US an outlier or are CH and OZ outliers among rich nations?)

I do wonder about a progression
 - a select few opt in. Police barely notice, but start saying to themselves, "Oh, cool, I don't have to confront this person face to face, that's a relief."
 - more people join, especially people of color who might think that as Trusted Drivers they are less likely to get pulled over for DWB. Police start to see text tickets as normal
 - it becomes normal. Millennials and Gen Z thinks it's rude to telephone a friend without texting first. They hate meetings and prefer chat/email. They do not want face-to-face encounters with police. They all opt in.
 - now a minority refuse to opt in. The police catch someone for a traffic violation, look it up and think, "Damn. That a##hole hasn't signed up for Trusted Driver and I have to put myself at risk and confront him/her." Now the officer is worried and in a bad mood and the encounters increasingly go poorly. More people opt in.
 - now only the few are opted in. Those who are not are disproportionately hostile to law enforcement. Now you get pulled over for speeding and the officer calls in backup: "Untrusted driver 12 mph over the limit. Requesting backup."

It's sort of like the progression we've had with the denormalizing of hitchhiking. By making it such a fringe activity, it means that only people on the fringes hitch and pick up hitchhikers, which has made it probably more dangerous than 50 years ago.
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Re: TEXAS: Local police department will soon text drivers traffic tickets
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2022, 06:55:04 PM »
>> only people on the fringes hitch and pick up hitchhikers

I sometimes pick up hitchhikers but I rarely tell my husband about it.

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Re: TEXAS: Local police department will soon text drivers traffic tickets
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 06:59:07 PM »
I used to regularly pick up hitchhikers on the way to the beaches UNTIL I picked up a real wack-o.  I quit then.

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Re: TEXAS: Local police department will soon text drivers traffic tickets
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2022, 07:26:02 PM »
In the 1980s I did a lot of hitchhiking in the contiguous US, Alaska and France. How I dressed (and shaved) had a huge impact on wait times. I also picked up a lot of hitch hikers.

But... then my friend picked up two hitch hikers who were arrested a couple hours later at the Canadian border. Fugitives wanted for murder down south. And one guy who picked me up had a gun that he started waving around at one point. A couple of gay men who made advances, not in particularly threatening ways, but I realized they could have driven me way off the main road and I would have not been able to stop it. And then, most frightening of all, a car full of guys who were sharing a case of beer with the car ahead of them on winding roads in rural France. When they ran out of beer in the car ahead, the driver would put out his hand and the car I was in would come up even to the lead car, even on blind corners, and pass beers to the lead car.

Now I only pick up people who look like lost hikers/climbers trying to get back to their cars in national parks and similar places.

I also experienced some incredible kindness when hitching and picked up some really interesting people, but over time I just did it less and less. And that's the downward spiral. Every time someone like me stops giving or taking rides, the safety of the whole system ratchets down.

I imagine the same process happening with the Trusted Driver system. Eventually, cops really just don't want to deal with people who can't be bothered to register as Trusted Drivers and that starts to have an increasingly negative impact on interactions with law enforcement.

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Re: TEXAS: Local police department will soon text drivers traffic tickets
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2022, 08:31:24 PM »
>I sometimes pick up hitchhikers but I rarely tell my husband about it.

*LOL!!* THE SCANDAL!!