Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Who Says You Can't Buy Time

It was only a matter of time until this one happened ... a Longmont, Colorado man purchased an Opticon traffic signal changing device on eBay for $100. Such a device is used by emergency vehicles to change traffic lights remotely (from the apparatus) via a coded flash signal emitter, and causes all opposing and intersecting vehicles to receive a short red light until the emergency vehicle passes by. Jason Niccum, owner of the auction purchased Opticon, claims that this was the perfect answer to his problematic situation of always being late. Apparently, Mr. Niccum has been using this for the past two years, and only got caught when city traffic engineers noticed repeated traffic light disruptions at certain intersections spotted a white Ford pickup passing by whenever the patterns were disrupted. Mr. Niccum was fined fifty dollars for suspicion of interfering with a traffic signal, and the unit was confiscated by police. This amusing story puts the proof in the pudding that whatever "it" is ... you can find it on eBay.


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