229 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


As safe as water

I met the OSHA equivalent of traffic rules recently, detailed yet useless advice meant to shift liability more than protect people. If you want to see what happens when lawyers displace human beings in society, look up the Safety Data Sheet for water. You will learn what to do if your water catches on fire […]

In which engineers discover professional ethics

Lincoln, Nebraska city councilors have a message for their traffic engineers: If you do your job, we’ll replace you with somebody who won’t. The problem started when city engineers said some school zones were unnecessary and unsafe. Their decision was made based on actual crash reports, not wishful thinking. City councilors didn’t get elected by […]

Your immunity has just been revoked

The biggest fringe benefit of a police job is immunity from prosecution. Drunk and reckless driving, no problem. Perjury, that’s “testilying” and everybody does it. Beat up your girlfriend, go outside and cool off. There are limits. If an innocent bystander dies, investigators may take the death halfway seriously. That happened in Connecticut recently. Off-duty […]

Arkansas DOT says “no”

Since the national speed limit was repealed several state legislatures have attempted to raise speed limits only to be denied by a governor or DOT director who is afraid of drivers obeying the law. It happened in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Oklahoma, and now Arkansas. Arkansas lawmakers requested a speed limit increase to 75 and the […]

Carnival of thieves

What’s the difference between paying off a cop and paying off a prosecutor? The prosecutor is the one who decides whether to charge you with bribery. Louisiana District Attorneys have a deal for you. Pay $175 and they’ll make your speeding ticket go away. And they won’t charge you with bribery. Corruption is a state […]