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Old 04-20-2006, 11:41 AM   #1
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No green light for driver with traffic signal gadget
'That thing paid for itself'

Wednesday, April 19, 2006; Posted: 12:42 a.m. EDT (04:42 GMT)


LONGMONT, Colorado (AP) -- A man who said he bought a device that allowed him to change stop lights from red to green received a $50 ticket for suspicion of interfering with a traffic signal.

Jason Niccum of Longmont, Colorado, said the device, which he bought on eBay for $100, helped him cut his time driving to work.

"I guess in the two years I had it, that thing paid for itself," he told the Daily Times-Call on Wednesday.

Niccum was issued a citation March 29 after police said they found him using a strobe-like device to change traffic signals. Police confiscated the device.

"I'm always running late," police quoted Niccum as saying in an incident report.

The device, called an Opticon, is similar to what firefighters use to change lights when they respond to emergencies. It emits an infrared pulse that receivers on the traffic lights pick up.

Niccum was cited after city traffic engineers who noticed repeated traffic light disruptions at certain intersections spotted a white Ford pickup passing by whenever the patterns were disrupted.

City traffic engineer Joe Olson said engineers plan to update the city's Opticon system this year to block unauthorized light-changing signals
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:47 AM   #2
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awesome.

I looked into buying one once, but it was 300 bucks. i don't commute that far anymore so i didn't buy it.
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:48 AM   #3
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i saw that on the news the other night...
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well, awesome. I run late for everything. I wonder?? hmmm.
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shoulda thrown his in jail. can you imagine the number of accidents he created w/ that BS
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:30 PM   #6
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...so where can you buy these?
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Doesn't work in Houston, much more complicated.
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:36 PM   #8
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...so where can you buy these?
go buy lojack vs one of these things.......
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go buy lojack vs one of these things.......
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I agree - these stop light changers can create catastrophic situations, especially drivers with kids in the car.
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so does it just suddelny change the light green? I mean does it not make the other light turn red first?
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:51 PM   #13
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When your light turns green, the others change to red. It doesn't just change your light, do you think that the fire department would use something like that if it wasn't safe?
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No, they DO NOT immediately change the light to green. The lights appear to do a short-cycle to the other drivers but the lights will turn yellow then red before the other ones turn green. I see it happen all the time and there is no traffic hazard. People should be watching the lights no matter what.
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If he wasn't a douche he would have used an IR filter on the lens... still old news... agreed jail time or a very healthy fine for his law breaking .
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No, they DO NOT immediately change the light to green. The lights appear to do a short-cycle to the other drivers but the lights will turn yellow then red before the other ones turn green. I see it happen all the time and there is no traffic hazard. People should be watching the lights no matter what.
i know that, now what happens when 2 people w/ that little device sets off the lights..........it's meant for emergency vehicles, what if common dude sets off lights, and emergency vehicle is also trying to get thru light........

what makes common guy special? that he gets to run thru traffic, while everybody else waits for him? that..........
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Please don't think I was arguing in favor of the guy... I was simply stating how it working.

In the instance that there's two of them, it's which ever one is seen first. Seen that happen, too. Once the light senses the IR strobe no more, the other one is honored.
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