Know Your Photo Radar Rites

Oh those hidden, but in your face photo radar vans.  You see them on the side of a main thoroughfare, or tucked between some tree’s on the road median.  You know its there, but you still have that desire to ignore it and drive bye and continue on your day.  Do you feel bad?  Should you feel guilty?  What do you do when you get that Denver photo radar ticket in the mail?

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You lovely big brother watching over you.

So lets make sure you know your rights as you need to use them, or loose an evening out because you are paying these photo radar tickets.  In addition this information includes more than photo radar van tickets, but any radar cam in the City and County of Denver.

Information is power.  So lets start at denvergov.org. To add validity for those pesky cameras the City and County state this is all about public safety

“Photo speed has been used in Denver to improve traffic safety since 1998. The red light program has been in operation since 2008. Currently, Denver has four intersections equipped with red light cameras and operates 4 photo speed vans for two shifts 7 days a week. “

Now you know what the City and County of Denver is stating for their propaganda, but what you need to realize is that this is revenue generation. That is why when you receive the ticket they want your money and not to put points on your driving record. Ironically some of you will think this is great and you will just pay that ticket, but know that you shouldn’t pay that ticket.

Some key points from CBS Denver on the photo radar law. If the person in the car is not the primary driver, than the ticket can be voided. This would include if you are wearing a mask while driving and the City cannot validate who you are.  Now i am not saying you should drive with a halloween mask every day, but if you get a lot of photo radar tickets it might be a good idea to reduce the amount of paper you will get in the mail. In addition out of state plated cars are spared.

Lets now get to my point. Regardless of the statements above these photo radar tickets are not valid.  They are not valid because the ticket has to be given to you, in person, by a public official. That can be a police officer, mail person, or licensed city official. I can reference some media outlets supporting this, but I prefer to use the legal community.  Hebets McCallin.com as well as the Law Offices of Joshua Johnson, LLC.com both agree that these photo radar tickets and camera tickets are not valid unless you are personally served within 90 days of the ticekt. Let me quote

“That’s because Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-110.5 requires that, in the case of a traffic violation detected by an “automatic vehicle identification system” (e.g., a traffic camera), the city must “serve the penalty assessment notice or summons and complaint for the alleged violation on the defendant no later than ninety days after the alleged violation occurred.” http://www.johnsonlawllc.com

As www.denverscameras.com adds this is all about revenue generation for the city’s.  They need more money and this is a key way to doing this.  Include parking tickets and anything else they can write you up for.

So grab your halloween mask and get back on the road.  No need to pay attention to all of those radar and stop light cameras and drive on. Be safe.  Be attentive. Be aware.  But you can drive on. Just make sure you realize that its best to mark on your calendar when your traffic, or radar tickets, expire and in that time DO NOT open the door for the mail person as they for sure will hand you the letter personally which now means you have to legally pay that photo radar ticket inclusive of all additional penalties.  The City of Aurora is the worst with this and spend lots of money to badger you for the money.

Denver Food Culture Expands

Far.East.CenterSome of these are authentic Vietnamese restaurants who’s owners are a family. The restaurant is their livelihood and center of life. Its a passion for these people to share their culture and the food their family eats on a daily basis.  Now I am not saying they eat soup every day. The menu includes a selection of noodle bowls, rice bowls, plates and rolls; spring rolls goof, not a roll you get from Denny’s.  And what in the world are you doing eating at Denny’s, Applebee’s,  McDonald’s and the rest of those chain restaurants when we have such a growing diversification of food right here?

Denver is turning into a foodie city.  With the influx of people moving into Denver we have seen an explosion of culture and with culture comes food.  For those of us who moved to Denver some time ago, finding ethnic food was a drive through neighborhoods and lucking across an Indian establishment, Peruvian food, Ethiopian, or going to the Highlands for what was left of the Italian neighborhoods, or driving to South Federal Blvd where the Far East Center is located.  Other than those few areas we were starved for culture.  Well all of that has changed.

I know most of you are saying to yourself, “This guy hasn’t said Mexican food is cultural.” Ok people… really?  We are in the West and Mexican food is always readily available. There are food carts all over downtown Denver.  You can find food trucks all over the city.  The Highlands and Federal Blvd have always had the deepest concentration of Mexican cuisine.  From your “white people” Mexican, to your small family cantina’s where you get to eat what that family makes for itself every day.  That is the way it should always be.  If you don’t like that maybe you need to go to Hacienda Colorado.

Now onto Pho…

 

Pho Sure In Central Denver

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Pho 95 Noodle House, 1401 S. Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219

Now onto the point of this Vietnamese Pho article; what local media has stated; what locals have actually said; and what I experienced. But first let’s set the ground rules for this article and future Pho articles, because I am going to experience each and every Pho establishment on these top ten lists and provide you with honest opinions.  First let’s go through these top ten lists i will be using.

Westword, our local, part of the Voice Media Group conglomerate, who always has a top ten list for every thing and anything they feel is trendy and hip in every city they are located.  In this case its their Denver’s ten best spots for pho. Be aware that Westword is a “pay to play” business. So buyer beware if you want an excellent restaurant review than its time to pay up.  Your payment will solidify a positive to amazing review and even more to be placed in the front of the magazine and social media platforms.

Foursquare, who runs their own national media guide built from ” location intelligence to build meaningful consumer experiences and business solutions.”  Hey their words not mine.  The positive with Foursquare is that you get personal opinions. Here is Foursquare’s The 15 Best Places for Pho in Denver.  This is the list I will start with as it seems to be more trusted.

Pho 95 Noodle House was the on the top of the list with Foursquare so that is where myself and a buddie began. Below you can get a feel for what a large bowl looks like. And can you see from by buddies eyes he is pretty excited.

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My buddy is pretty crazy on Pho and a super critic so when the waiter dropped off his heaping bowl of broth, rice noodles, and meats (triple for him) he bent over the bowl, closed his eyes, and inhaled.  From there all I saw was this goofy ass smile on his face… He had found heaven.

As my buddy added three types of protein to his Pho I added two with veggies.  I’m not a sniffer like he is so i used my spoon, dunked it in the broth, and guided that package to my mouth.  The result… Hmmmmmm baby.  It was light, full of flavors, and ready for some bamboo shoot.   I’m a Sriracha guy, so no matter what, when that orange filled bottle is in front of me I always add it to my food. So that sauce addition just peaked the broth for me.

With some time for us to take a few bites our waiter and one of the owners came over to say hello and see if we were enjoying ourselves.  Wow were they friendly and most of all funny.  We asked about the Pho King Challenge and the whole conversation turned into endless laughs.  Now if you want to do this challenge you will have to go to the 2 day notification by calling 303-797-9535 and make sure you go to the Centennial Streets at Southglenn location. This challenge does not happen on the Federal Blvd location.

The addition of my meats (beef and chicken) with the veggies was more than filling.  If you decided for the trifecta I think you would be equally as happy. Lets just say any way you choose to go with your Pho 95 will be excellent. Just make sure you bring some good friends with you and plan on a couple of hours to have some beers, order the spring rolls and spare ribs; they are to die for.

So get the Pho out of here and go get some!