A Good Education Can't Hurt!

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Staff Blog | Apr 13, 2012

Okay, this might not work for art history majors, but this guy’s math and physics skills certainly paid dividends. Dmitri Krioukov recently dodged a traffic ticket by writing a physics paper, The Proof of Innocence. Here’s the abstract:

“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.”

Here's how his get-out-of-jail-free system works:

  1. Remind the officer of the math-proven difference between angular and linear speeds. Suggest that said officer might have measured the angular speed, not the linear speed. (Duh!)
  2. Explain that the car may decelerate and subsequently accelerate relatively fast. (Try not to be patronizing
  3. Casually mention that there may have been a short-time obstruction of said officer's view of the car by an external object, such as a plutonium tanker or hot dog vendor.

Presto! You've got bona fide data that meets the criteria needed to argue that the officer's perception was in fact an illusion. Cool, or what?

You can read the full, actual geeky explanation right here

Dmitri, we’re granting you the honorary title of Stop Sign Fugitive. The next time you’re visiting Our Fair City, look us up. We’re sure our very own Subway Fugitive would love to take a look at your notes.

Hey math and science geeks, any other tips for dealing with the law?  Share ‘em in the comments below!

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