The Monitor

Matt Hanna is watching you run that light

"I think this is a good thing," he says. "The reason they put these in was to generate revenue, and to reduce accidents, and it's done both. Some of these, you sit there and watch 'em, and the light's been red for like five seconds and somebody goes flying through it. You guys are frickin' idiots, man. I've seen some good accidents."

Me, I'm not worried. Hanna happens to be my cousin, and if we catch it in time, he could take care of me. We were pallbearers at our Uncle Tommy's funeral, and when you're part of the Irish mafia like that, asking him to get rid of a moving violation would be like me calling him up to see how he did at Texas Hold-'em at Grumpy's the night before.

You, on the other hand, you, like a lot of people, you might want to get a lawyer and go to court. Or not. Because the last thing the cops will do before you go before the judge is to take you out in the hall and show you the video that Matt Hanna has taken of you and your car speeding through an intersection, and say, "Are you sure you want to fight this?"

Jim Walsh can be reached at 612.372.3775 orjwalsh@citypages.com

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