Monday, April 16, 2012

Man fights traffic ticket with an academic paper, is my new hero

Dimitri Krioukov was recently cited for failing to come to a full stop at a stop sign.  He decided to fight the ticket in court.  As a physics professor at The University of California, San Diego he put his science skills to use and wrote a 4 page academic paper which he presented to the court as evidence.   Most of the articles I've read about this don't do much to explain the contents of the paper, and many have the feeling of "Oh that silly nerd!", but here is a very vague summary from MSNBC:
The paper explained how what the officer “thought” he saw, he didn’t really see, according to the laws of physics. “Therefore my argument in the court went as follows: that what he saw would be easily confused by the angle of speed of this hypothetical object that failed to stop at the stop sign. And therefore, what he saw did not properly reflect reality, which was completely different," Krioukov said.

When asked by a reporter if he actually stopped?  Krioukov smiles and said "Of course I did"

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