An Oregon man was recently fined for doing math.
According to government officials in Oregon, it was illegal for Mats Järlström, who holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering, to write out a math equation proving that the city’s traffic lights yellow light timer was too short.
After he proved the city wrong, they responded by finding him $500.
Conservative Tribune reports:
According to The Oregonian, the case began when Järlström took issue with the green-yellow-red progression of traffic lights in 2013, after his wife was cited for running a red light.
Järlström claimed the formula that determined the timing when lights changed from yellow to red was flawed, and that the time was too short, especially for drivers making a left or right turn. He added that with his calculations, he could prove the system was wrong.
He even presented his findings on “60 Minutes” and at the annual meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers last summer.
Apparently, the board doesn’t think non-engineers should be allowed to do such things as formulate math calculations and challenge the state, so they slapped him with the fine.
Lawyers from the Institute of Justice agreed to represent Järlström, saying that he didn’t do anything wrong.
“Criticizing the government’s engineering isn’t a crime; it’s a constitutional right,” attorney Sam Gedge said in a statement, according to KOIN. “Whether or not you use math, criticizing the government is a core constitutional right that cannot be hampered by onerous licensing requirements.”
Järlström said he only wanted to inform the city that there was a better way to use their traffic lights.
“It’s important in my mind we can share ideas freely in Oregon to promote innovation,” he said. “I feel violated at this point in time.”
Just another example of a liberal city refusing to admit that they may be doing things wrong. This have become the trend for ultra-liberal cities.
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