Monday, April 23, 2012

Physics Didn't Get Him Off His Traffic Ticket

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For people who thought that UCSD physicist  Dmitri Krioukov got out of his traffic ticket because he argued his case using physics, we now have the opinion from the presiding judge, and it isn't as "sexy" of a story as the media has made it to be.

But the equation-filled paper on the physics of a car in motion went largely over the head of Superior Court Commissioner Karen Riley, she told U-T San Diego.

“The ruling was not based on his physics explanation,” Riley said. “It was based on the officer’s view ... The officer, wasn’t close enough to the intersection to have a good view.”
There ya go! Simple geometry and optics! :)


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