In the Aug.31,2011 editon of the Orange County Register, the Assembly voted 50-3 to require that red-light cameras be usesd for public safety and not to generate revenue from traffic fines.
I wished they do that in NYC. They're towing cars away for unpaid RLC fines all the time here. So, if they don't generate revenue, how does is this being used for public safety only? Someone has to pay for those cameras. Doesn't make sense.
You not only get the RLC ticket, but the tow fee and storage fee. The city is getting a triple income on that one.
Where are they going to store all the vehicles they tow? There is no room for anything in NYC.
I wished they do that in NYC. They're towing cars away for unpaid RLC fines all the time here.
Sorry. Been awhile since logging in.
They're all stored on the Pier on 12th Avenue. After so much time, the city auctions off the cars if nobody comes to claim their car. Nice huh?!
I hope they have to prove the accident rate has decreased - or - take the camera out.
I believe a lot of the cameras are leased - so to speak - and the company reads the pictures and generates the summons. The lessors get their cut - of course they do - of the income from the summons they generate.
There is not much that comes from our California Assembly that means much. Heck, how many years has it been since they have passed a budget on time. That's right they have never been told that there is one due every year.
The fines in NYC are generated from the DOF (Department Of Finance). They are NOT a law enforcement agency. How they are able to administer fines for a traffic infraction is a complete and total scam!
What do you believe is it in the systems of laws that prohibits a DOF from administering fines against anyone breaking any law punishable by a fine?
What exactly is a "law enforcement" agency in your mind?
That might eat into their profits. Maybe, ATS will sue Orange County, too.
When it comes to decision time the money generated will usually win out over common sense and safety.
That sounds like something that was passed purely to silence camera critics - how on earth do you enforce the intent? And even if a camera was initially installed for safety, if it stays in place for revenue who will know?
How about the police department?
The DOF for NY is a taxation department.
Right off Wiki:
The Department's primary operational goals are:
Ensuring compliance with the City's tax and revenue laws
Providing up-to-date information to residents and taxpayers
Valuation of real property in the City
Recording and maintaining property records
Providing business centers in each borough for the public to pay bills in-person or to dispute tax and parking issues
>>Parking issues is one thing. A red light is a moving violation.
Amazing, someone in government actually putting citizen's interests above government greed.
Tickets issued by the cameras are classified as civil infractions the same as parking tickets. If they were moving violations you could also be assessed points on your driver license.
THere will always be statistics showing that it helps safety, so this is a moot point.
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