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I was just pulled over today coming from the UPS store on 19th. I was trying to get back to T.C. Jester, after doing a little sight seeing, and I wound up on 18th headed toward the 20th intersection by Restaurant Depot. I didn't see any "no left turn" signs there, but I did see a cop car sitting right across the street staring right at me (he was sitting there about 30 minutes before too). As soon as I turned left, he pulled out and followed me before pulling me over. I honestly didn't see any signs, and the fact that the cop just sits waiting for a violation is unethical in my opinion. They are supposed to be public safety officers, not aggressors. I should have known better than to attempt that turn. It did seem like a risky move.

Anyways, just a warning to everyone of that spot. Be careful about left turns around there, and those cops will pull you over. They won't reason with you either. What a way to start my 25th birthday!

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that stinks - but happy birthday!

the same thinghappens at the walgreen's on montrose near hawthorne...if you are heading south on montrose, don't dare make a left turn on the sidestreet before hawthorne (although it is marked with a no left turn sign). a while back, every time i drove by there, the cop had someone...

and, he was a motorcycle cop, nestled behind a shrub next to the drive way...sneaky!

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Yeah, it's really disgusting how the stuff that is truly a problem never gets dealt with, but a law abiding person like myself gets a hefty fine for making a wrong left turn unintentionally.

There are people who walk in the middle of the streets or just cross right in front of you with a baby stroller before you have time to react. Then who knows how many people are driving without registration and expired inspection stickers. If you're going to be aggressive about something, it should be this.

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I was just pulled over today coming from the UPS store on 19th. I was trying to get back to T.C. Jester, after doing a little sight seeing, and I wound up on 18th headed toward the 20th intersection by Restaurant Depot. I didn't see any "no left turn" signs there, but I did see a cop car sitting right across the street staring right at me (he was sitting there about 30 minutes before too). As soon as I turned left, he pulled out and followed me before pulling me over. I honestly didn't see any signs, and the fact that the cop just sits waiting for a violation is unethical in my opinion. They are supposed to be public safety officers, not aggressors. I should have known better than to attempt that turn. It did seem like a risky move.

Anyways, just a warning to everyone of that spot. Be careful about left turns around there, and those cops will pull you over. They won't reason with you either. What a way to start my 25th birthday!

Happy birthday!

Go back to that intersection to check how clearly "no left turn' is marked. If there's any question, take a picture. Last week during the public session of the city council meeting, there was discussion about the man who was killed when his Hummer hiit a bridge abutment downtown; his sister maintains that it was due to poor signage. Mayor White took interest in this issue, and you might get a sympathetic ear if the sign isn't clearly visable.

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I was just pulled over today coming from the UPS store on 19th. I was trying to get back to T.C. Jester, after doing a little sight seeing, and I wound up on 18th headed toward the 20th intersection by Restaurant Depot. I didn't see any "no left turn" signs there, but I did see a cop car sitting right across the street staring right at me (he was sitting there about 30 minutes before too). As soon as I turned left, he pulled out and followed me before pulling me over. I honestly didn't see any signs, and the fact that the cop just sits waiting for a violation is unethical in my opinion. They are supposed to be public safety officers, not aggressors. I should have known better than to attempt that turn. It did seem like a risky move.

Anyways, just a warning to everyone of that spot. Be careful about left turns around there, and those cops will pull you over. They won't reason with you either. What a way to start my 25th birthday!

sorry to hear about that ... i celebrated my 40th yesterday too. congrats and may you live a long, happy life.

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They should put someone at Westheimer & Shepherd. There's a "No Left Turn" sign there, but a lot of people ignore it. Traffic sometimes backs up a whole block as they wait for the dumbass to make an illegal turn.

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Anyone happen to catch the Channel 2 story this evening about cops that write tickets for expired plates or inspections, and their own personal vehicles have been out for over 2 years ? Hysterical.

I saw it...and i can see some cops doing that but what was really shocking to me was how wide spread it was.

lots of cops in every station did it..like it was an "understood" priviledge for police not to have to get inspection stickers or registration on their personal vehicles and that their co-workers would let them off the hook.

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HPD has two divisions: traffic & patrol. Patrol are the ones who repsond to 911 calls. Traffic are the ones whose sole purpose is to find traffic violators.

So yes, HPD has a whole division of officers not protecting the public, but enforcing driving laws instead.

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Is there anyone who lives nearby with a digital camera who could take a picture of the no left turn signs leading up to the intersection of 18th and 20th by Restaurant Depot? If they are poorly visible, maybe I can convince the judge to let me off.

Sorry to burst your bubble PureAuteur, but I drive through that intersection almost daily. It's clearly marked. However, always fight a non-speeding traffic ticket with a trial by judge. Costs you almost nothing except time spent, and Houston cops are notorious for not showing up.

Another spot in the Heights that gets a lot of activity is on Shepherd just north of I10 going over the bridge at the RR tracks. About once a week at the bottom of the bridge police will set up shop with 2-3 cruisers and a cop with a handheld radar gun. I've seen up to 6 cars in a row waiting to get their ticket as people tend to come flying over the bridge easily 15-20 mph over the limit of 35 mph.

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Funny... but we've been hearing so much about the higher murder rates and slower response time by HPD recently.... a lot about their needing to hire more officers and recruiting efforts.... yet we all have tons of stories of these regular speed traps that the police set up.. and it does indeed usually involve 2 squad cars and 3 officers... sometimes 3 cars.... I understand that people shouldn't speed, but the traps are put into spots where they know it is nearly unavoidable.... their goal in these little traps isn't public safety, but revenue generation... that to me is wrong.... also, a lawyer informed me that now HPD is trying to write as many tickets as possible when they do stop you... so make sure your stickers are up to date... make sure you have a front license plate on... make sure if you have a rear license plate frame that it isn't in violation of that obstruction law... if they can get ANY non-moving violation they make $$ off of you...

my warning to people in the area...... I-10 heading eastbound.... at Studemont there will be 2 squad cars regularly parked here... one car will be parked under I-10 and the other is up by the stop light... there will be 1 officer manning the radar gun and 2 usually on foot at the intersection waving people to pull over... I see this at least 2-3 times per week in the afternoons around 3pm-5pm.... they will hit you with the radar as you exit the freeway... of course nearly everyone is speeding because you have to go from 60mph down to 35mph fairly quickly and I don't know ANYONE that drives 35mph on the feeders... so it makes merging dangerous if you're slowing down that much.... but still they'll give you a ticket.... your best bet is to exit, notice the cops sitting there and just get right back on I-10 and take the next exit.... I routinely see 3-4 cars getting tickets at the same time here... it is nearly unavoidable...

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Sorry to burst your bubble PureAuteur, but I drive through that intersection almost daily. It's clearly marked. However, always fight a non-speeding traffic ticket with a trial by judge. Costs you almost nothing except time spent, and Houston cops are notorious for not showing up.

Another spot in the Heights that gets a lot of activity is on Shepherd just north of I10 going over the bridge at the RR tracks. About once a week at the bottom of the bridge police will set up shop with 2-3 cruisers and a cop with a handheld radar gun. I've seen up to 6 cars in a row waiting to get their ticket as people tend to come flying over the bridge easily 15-20 mph over the limit of 35 mph.

HeightsGuy- I decided to drive by there again today to check out the signs. The officer, when he pulled me over, told me there were 3 signs that stated it was no left turn. I discovered today there was only one sign, and not only that, it was about 1/4 mile from the actual intersection, with no sign at the intersection itself. It was a small sign that had the symbol for no left turn, then underneath in tiny letters "at 20th intersection". Even though it is marked properly, there is no sign at the intersection itself, and it is too far from it and easy to miss. I was actually looking around at some of the new development on the left side of the road and didn't see the sign. It was actually my first time to go down that road, even though I am familiar with the area. I'm going to go the court date and try and win with that evidence. Also, I will point out that the cop was positioned across the street for the sole purpose of trapping someone, and that is unethical.

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The other place my wife and I see fairly consistent police presence is the Heights exit off of I-10, particularly when you are heading east and dump off onto Studewood. Seems there is always a gaggle of cops there several times a month. I hate how the officers think its okay for them to step into traffic and expect everyone to 1) see them, 2) give them lots of room and 3) know exactly who they are pointing at. I've seen several times where there was confusion and the cops reacted as if someone was taking away their donuts. Suddenly all of them got aggressive and angry. >:)

I know there are two divisions with the police department, but I agree with the general concensus that the true speeding problems are within our neighborhoods, where children, pets and people walk around. With Studewood being under construction, Oxford has become a major traffic street below 11th and at times, people think nothing of driving 40+. Hanging out on major streets while ignoring the neighborhoods seems like a lazy way to do their job. I could park on a street and hand out tickets -- no talent there, but working the smaller streets takes time, patience and commitment.

OH...MAJOR ANNOYANCE is those new speed guns they use. They are supposed to be accurate but I almost had a heart attack when one of those cops pointed it at me when I was about 100 feet away. I couldn't tell if he was pointing his real gun (which was my immediate reaction) or that speed thing. The stance is the same, the posture is the same...maybe its just me but I find it freaky.

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