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    No green light for driver with traffic signal gadget
    'That thing paid for itself'

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006; Posted: 8:02 a.m. EDT (12:02 GMT)

    Colorado (AP) -- A man who said he bought a device that allowed him change stop lights from red to green received a $50 ticket for suspicion of interfering with a traffic signal.

    Jason Niccum of Longmont, Colorado, said the device, which he bought on eBay for $100, helped him cut his time driving to work.

    "I guess in the two years I had it, that thing paid for itself," he told the Daily Times-Call on Wednesday.

    Niccum was issued a citation March 29 after police said they found him using a strobe-like device to change traffic signals. Police confiscated the device.

    "I'm always running late," police quoted Niccum as saying in an incident report.

    The device, called an Opticon, is similar to what firefighters use to change lights when they respond to emergencies. It emits an infrared pulse that receivers on the traffic lights pick up.

    Niccum was cited after city traffic engineers who noticed repeated traffic light disruptions at certain intersections spotted a white Ford pickup passing by whenever the patterns were disrupted.

    City traffic engineer Joe Olson said engineers plan to update the city's Opticon system this year to block unauthorized light-changing signals.
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    That is fantastic!! If you are approaching an Opticon intersection and you flash your brights just fast enough, you can trigger the sensor. I've done it before, but only in the wee hours when no one else is around. I hate sitting at a light when there's no other cars.
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    Funny to see this here. I live in Longmont, CO, where this happened and thought it would have only made it in the local news. It's a small world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racefan8
    That is fantastic!! If you are approaching an Opticon intersection and you flash your brights just fast enough, you can trigger the sensor. I've done it before, but only in the wee hours when no one else is around. I hate sitting at a light when there's no other cars.
    If it's the wee hours and no one else is around, why couldn't you just run through the red light anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by racefan8
    That is fantastic!! If you are approaching an Opticon intersection and you flash your brights just fast enough, you can trigger the sensor. I've done it before, but only in the wee hours when no one else is around. I hate sitting at a light when there's no other cars.
    all that my mom does is quickly switch lanes at like 2AM here....it works, but not as often anymore....
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD
    If it's the wee hours and no one else is around, why couldn't you just run through the red light anyway?
    LOL - noooooo. That would be against the law. And, that's always when the Road Runner comes zooming thru and runs over the coyote. Not taking chances
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    You know, in the early morning hours, you really don't need to flash your lights. Most intersections will detect you coming already and the lights change for you pretty fast.
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    That's true in the big cities. Just be sure to look both ways for the Road Runner.
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