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Physicist Uses Math to Beat Traffic Ticket

Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist based at the University of California San Diego, applied his knowledge of Math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court and avoid paying a fee for (purportedly) running a stop sign.

Krioukov, not only proved his innocence, but he also posted a paper detailing his argument online on the arXiv server. His research paper was entitled A way to fight your traffic tickets.The paper was awarded a special prize of $400 that the author did not have to pay to the state of California.

Krioukov ran through a stop sign and a nearby police officer pulled him over and issued him a citation. According to Krioukov’s paper, however, three physical phenomena combined at just the right time and misled the officer.

When Krioukov was driving toward the stop sign the police officer was approximating at Krioukov’s angular velocity instead of his linear velocity. This is the way we try to estimate the speed of a passing object, and the effect is more pronounced for faster objects.

He gave an example as that of a train – we seem to see a train moving very slowly when they are far away, but they speed past when they finally reach us. Despite these two different observations at different distances, the train maintains a roughly constant velocity throughout its trip.

In Krioukov’s case, the police cruiser was situated about 100 feet away from a perpendicular intersection with a stop sign. Consequently, a car approaching the intersection with constant linear velocity will rapidly increase in angular velocity from the police officer’s perspective.

Similarly, if a car approaches the stop sign with constant velocity but brakes quickly before reaching the sign, the angular velocity will rapidly increase before stopping momentarily. To illustrate this point, Krioukov created two graphs: one for the case of constant linear velocity through a stop sign (illegal) and another for a quick stop at the sign before accelerating back up to speed (legal).

Either way, his argument appeared to work as the judge was convinced, and the officer was convinced as well, Krioukov told Physics Central.

This physical description swayed the judge, or maybe she was simply impressed by the sheer dedication Krioukov put into avoiding this ticket.

You can peruse the paper if you want to devise your own plan to get out of traffic tickets. Leniency in court, however, is not nearly as reliable as mathematical proofs.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally

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