• Apr 19, 2006

Sister site Engadet has posted a report of a man busted for using an Opticon, a device used by public safety like firefighters, to change streetlights to his advantage. He continued to do so for two years until the Boys (and gals) in Blue noticed the pattern and tracked him down.

The man, Jason Niccum of Longmont, Colorado was fined the princely sum of $50, which has got to strike the offender as value-for-the-dollar.

Niccum had purchased the Opticon for a $100 on eBay.

[Sources: CNN via Engadget; Getty Images]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Never heard a better argument for password-encoded transponders.

      I can't wait until people with opticons start turning popular intersections into 4-way stops, the lights rotating so fast as to only let 5 cars through at a time.

      Now that this douchebag couldn't be discreet, the device is becoming widely known and every other douchebag looking to save 20 minutes will probably wreck it for everybody else.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mankind will never learn that once you invent a device that trumps all others, exclusivity will last a very short time.

      We did it with nuclear weapons, biological agents, covert video and listening devices, on and on.

      Why is it we're surprised and take exceptuion when somebody else (read Iran or this guy, take your pick) shows up with one?
      • 8 Years Ago
      how do you get caught doing this? sounds fishy to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      $100 for a device that changes red lights to green?! $50 fine!!??! Awesome! I'll pay that!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a deal!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I get charged $385 in CA for being a foot behind the limit line when the light changes red (either that or slam on brakes and end up halfway into intersection), and this guy gets fined $50 in CO for running would-be red lights daily on his commute for 2 straight years.

      unbelievable
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Engadget" is spelled wrong(hyperlink) in first sentence.

      I guess i would buy this device. Would only use in emergency.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For real, $150 for not having to put up with traffic lights for 2 years?? Def. worth it.

      Can someone make up a stupid mastercard commercial about this?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does he get to keep the device? ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      His fine should have been MUCH higher.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome. I want one of these! How many times have you tried that telekinesis stuff? and, it never works.