• Jun 8, 2010
It goes without saying, but we're gonna go ahead and say it anyway: Nobody likes getting a speeding ticket. And that's especially true when said ticket isn't issued by a human officer, but from a machine set up to catch unwary motorists off guard. If only there was some way to get back that lost sense of justice...

One man from Bluff City, Tennessee came up with a rather inventive way of sticking it back to The Man. It seems that the officer in charge of the Bluff City Police Department's website had gone on sick leave, and nobody noticed when the time came to renew the PD's URL. Whoops.

Computer network designer Brian McCrary, who received a $90 ticket from a speed camera earlier in the year, saw a unique opportunity and seized it, picking up the domain rights from Go Daddy. Want to know what the Bluff City Police Department's old website looks like now? Of course you do. Click here to find out. Thanks for the tip, Kyle!

[Source: The Associated Press via Google]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL...the server is crashed. Too many people trying to look at it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Flawless Victory!

      • 4 Years Ago
      " Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else."

      I dont see this guy trying to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else, so can it really be called cybersquatting? All he is doing is posting up news articles, no ads or anything else on the page.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hate speed cameras. They're only there to make money. For instance, in Tempe, AZ, they lowered the speed of a 3 lane each way with a solid median road down to 35 mph! (Rural Rd south of the 202 if anyone is in AZ). ARS code states it should be 45 mph, yet they can lower it "to reduce pollution". So if I'm going 45 mph on that road, shouldn't that just be a waste of natural resources ticket and not a speeding ticket which is defined as going to fast for conditions???

      So, I'm driving a speed that's not too fast for conditions, yet I get a ticket for speeding!?!?

      And yes, I did take this case to court and actually win it. Judge reduced my fine to $50 for waste of natural resources and no points on the license!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Hazdaz

        There's a big difference between a website designer and a network engineer. The former requires a strong graphics/art background while the latter requires large doses of praying and animal sacrifices. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just wait - the police will find something to charge him with over this. Probably some hacking or digital rights law that involves 20 years in prison. Yeah, it won't stick, but it will make this guy's life hell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He obtained the domain legally. If the police department failed to renew the domain once it has expired then it's up for grabs. This kind of stuff happens all the time with bigger companies. Nowadays sites like godaddy have options to auto renew.... Guess somebody over at Bluff PD missed that check box.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe if traffic enforcement was about safety and not revenue generation people wouldn't be so quick to applaud rebellious acts against the local police.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      the guy's obviously not a web designer
      • 4 Years Ago
      This gentleman is a real American Hero. Budweiser needs to make a real American Hero ad about this guy.

      I salute you mister sticking it to the unpaid police URL sticker guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How apropos that the Police Department in question was using a *commercial* domain!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was my first thought too! Around here most places use a .state.us domain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      EPIC WIN.

      Someone needs to squat on Whitehouse.gov and do the same damned thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, Rich, I'll spell it out for you (but just this one time...). The link between traffic cameras and the White House is "Rampant Corruption."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good luck squatting on a .gov domain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Erm, what? Since when has the Whitehouse been issuing speeding tickets?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Moral of the story is - don't speed. Now when they manipulate settings in order to increase tickets - then that's unfair. Like putting the speed camera at the bottom of a steep hill where your speed will likely pick up..."

      How is it unfair? You said it yourself: don't speed. If I get caught speeding, I get caught speeding. But honestly, I'd be inclined to believe that slowing down for the sake of a camera or cop would be more dangerous that maintaining pace with the rest of traffic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've often been through the area near Bluff City where this camera is located. It is very clearly marked and if someone manages to get caught speeding, they are certainly not paying attention. Most traffic slows before reaching the camera and it is actually difficult to speed due to the congestion caused by other vehicles slowing in both lanes. That being said, this is strictly a money maker for the city. The speed drops from 55 to 45 near the camera, so if traffic is light it is easy to exceed the limit. This is a major highway near Bristol Motor Speedway, and this camera caused quite a stir during the Bristol NASCAR races.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speaking of learning how to read; the OP said that it would be unfair to post the camera at the bottom of a hill, because it is one of the most likely places people would be speeding. By his assertion: you shouldn't speed, so if you're above the speed limit whilst driving down a hill you should be fair game. Because you're speeding. I wast attempting to point out his logical fallacy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Learn to read: It's unfair because they manipulate the settings. Next time you're out and about with your Mom take a look at the locations of speed cameras and red-light cameras.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife (probably - she ran a yellow) will be getting one of those red light camera tickets in the mail real soon...if I'm not mistaken it's around $200. This story gave me an idea. Not sure why, because it's not at all the same thing...but I think I'll simply send them a picture of the money if the ticket arrives with a picture of our truck running the light. They have no proof she was driving, and no proof I didn't send them the money. But, at least they'll have a picture of it!! (see how far that goes...:-) )
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you didn't hear the joke (or maybe it was real, who knows) of the guy who got the camera ticket, so he sent them a picture of the money he was to send?

        The cops sent back a picture of handcuffs.....


        As the story goes, he decided to pay ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh well...never said I had the gift of foresight...anything beat handcuffs? Guess not...I'm stumped now!! (Bummer...and here I thought I was gonna be funny...Doh!!)
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