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Red Light Camera bill going through the California legislature

 

This would put significant restrictions on those red light cameras.

Red light camera abuses would ease under new law

http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2011/05/19/red-light-camera...

SB 29, by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would “protect the rights of drivers” by establishing statewide standards for installing and operating red light cameras — and would make it easier to challenge unjustified tickets, Simitian says:

* Camera locations would have to be chosen on safety considerations, and not on their potential to generate revenue. A “demonstrated safety need” would be required.
* No more forced “snitch tickets” – which is to say that, if someone else was driving your car, you wouldn’t have to point the finger at them to clear yourself of the red light violation.
* Tickets would have to explain how drivers can view the photographic evidence and discuss it by telephone or in person with the agency issuing the ticket.
* Tickets would identify the company operating the camera and provide contact information for the agency issuing the ticket.
* Signs would have to be posted within 200 feet of every intersection with a red light camera.

It is sometimes amazing that

It is sometimes amazing that governments do things that the people find very unpopular

Conflicts of interest

What constantly amazes me is that people cannot detect a clear conflict of interest.

Like a Red Light Camera vendor being paid commission based on the tickets they send out.

Or councilmembers voting themselves a huge pay increase.

Or Doctors being employed directly by health insurance companies, or hospitals.

So far, the ONLY thing that...

So far, the ONLY thing that I don't like about this legislation, is that it is just ONE state, and not the whole nation on the federal level!

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~Jim~ Nuvi-660, & Nuvi-680

Me too-

Steevo wrote:

What constantly amazes me is that people cannot detect a clear conflict of interest.

Like a Red Light Camera vendor being paid commission based on the tickets they send out.

Or councilmembers voting themselves a huge pay increase.

Or Doctors being employed directly by health insurance companies, or hospitals.

It amazes me too.

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nightrider --Nuvi's 660 & 680--

About time....

Seems like at least some steps in the right direction. I always said that if RLCs were really about safety and not revenue that they would put lots of warning signs up that they were being used instead of being all covert and sneaky about it....

NP

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In times of profound change, the learners will inherit the earth while the "learned" find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists...

Confront the witness against you

What appears to be a real problem is that no one can confront the witness against him/her in court. You can challenge the company I guess but even the company cannot say what happened because no one was there at the time to observe whether or not the equipment was behaving. With an officer, you can ask questions. With a machine, you cannot. The owners can only reply that they have checked the equipment and it is functioning as engineered.

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Garmin Nuvi 2598LMT in Bakersfield, CA

No cop...

llabmik wrote:

What appears to be a real problem is that no one can confront the witness against him/her in court. You can challenge the company I guess but even the company cannot say what happened because no one was there at the time to observe whether or not the equipment was behaving. With an officer, you can ask questions. With a machine, you cannot. The owners can only reply that they have checked the equipment and it is functioning as engineered.

And what they can't say is if an office had seen the infraction would he have ticketed you? Clearly those machines are designed to send out tickets that no cop would bother with.

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