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Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: Mike22Va ()
Date: April 02, 2007 12:42PM

I wonder if these are legal here in Va? They are called MIRT or " Traffic signal preemption "

I found it pretty cheap online under $200. How many lights around here actually have the receivers installed on them...

http://bcssales.stores.yahoo.net/nomiprem.html

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: Mike22Va ()
Date: April 02, 2007 12:44PM


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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: sas ()
Date: April 02, 2007 01:46PM


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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: Mofo ()
Date: April 02, 2007 06:12PM

Didn't they add these traffic control devices under some homeland security act? You need the pattern too that the jurisdiction uses, these have been around for a LONG time and several people have been busted with them.

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: ... ()
Date: April 02, 2007 06:39PM

Supposedly the traffic controllers log each time they are pre-empted. And, in Northern VA, they are all connected via data lines to VDOT's control center.

So I expect your chances of getting busted by using one of these go up significantly because of that.

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: meh ()
Date: April 02, 2007 10:09PM

this makes the light change?

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: April 02, 2007 10:19PM

There was a thread about this last summer, some guy in another state was busted using an Opticom and got into serious trouble.

Apparently there are federal laws that prohibit unlawful use of these devices:

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/HTM/2003r1/part4/part4d.htm#section4D13

Not sure how fed jurisdiction gets involved with state and county roadways, but buying one online is probably a very bad idea.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/02/2007 10:20PM by TheMeeper.

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: Lester Burnham ()
Date: April 03, 2007 12:36AM

Plus, the website indicates that sales are restricted to public safety personnel and even volunteer firefighters need to provide proof that they are authorized to have them. I know that FXCO fire & rescue uses Opticom, but I don't think that many police scout cars are equipped with them.

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: 4wheeler ()
Date: April 03, 2007 08:58AM

Mike22Va Wrote:
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> I wonder if these are legal here in Va? They are
> called MIRT or " Traffic signal preemption "
>
> I found it pretty cheap online under $200. How
> many lights around here actually have the
> receivers installed on them...
>

Too special to wait at the red light like the rest of us ?....

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: Herndon Cutie ()
Date: April 06, 2007 05:04PM

Back in the day, you used to be able to flash your lights when approaching a red light and it would change. Guess ya can't do that anymore.

Are you that important that you can't wait at the red light? Lemme guess you're the type of guy that has one of those obnoxious loud mufflers...perhaps a low rider to go along with it?? NOW THAT'S HOTT!

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Re: Mirt / Traffic signal preemption
Posted by: nakedshoplifter ()
Date: April 06, 2007 07:19PM

Wow, another stupid comment.

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