In the twenty-some years that I have my drivers licence this is my first red light traffic fine. NOT HAPPY! There are some intriguing findings about it though.
Take a good look at the fine itself:
The first thing that I saw was the penalty: 379 dollars (about € 270) !!!
The second thing that drew my attention was the elapsed time on red: 1.2 seconds. That is almost a split second.
Let me explain a difference about the traffic lights in Australia. There are traffic lights right where you stand still, but also on the other side of the intersection. I thought that that was a positive thing, as you can see the light a lot clearer. I now come to wonder if they put it there just to be able to send out more traffic fines, as I am sure that the first traffic light was still orange as I crossed it. By the time I was on the intersection the second light had turned red (by 1.2 seconds….)
To top it all off: you can re-use the envelop to safe money. No, that is a great idea! You can really make friends that way! Send it and give the receiver a big scare (if you are familiar with the return address).
Things are soooo much better at home….
Hey wait, was that officially the first bit of my culture shock?