On Monday, the Minnesota Supreme Court has deemed illegal Minneapolis' use of the so-called "PhotoCop" cameras.
The court found that ticketing the owners of cars that were videotaped without proof of who was actually driving the car violated the rights of the owners.
I hope this catches on in other states.
As time goes on you know those cams will be more about revenue than safety.
That's what it's all about here in Chicago now. I saw an article a few months ago that said the city had taken in 18 million in fines since the cams were installed in 2003. The thing about tickets is they are issued to the car, not the driver. They don't go after the driver-it's just like a parking ticket. If you get a parking ticket, they don't care who was driving your car when it got the ticket.
That's how it is in DC as well but they all say that it's for our safety.
I can't wait until someone here fights the system. (houston) I hope the get rid of it...
I can't wait until someone here fights the system.
So, why don't you get the ball rolling?
The ones in Calif. that I'm familiar with, take two pictures one getting the front of the car AND driver. & the other after you have gone thru, of the rear plate. Pretty hard to fight.
Owner of car shouldn't be charged. Burden of proof rests with the city enforcer in Minnesota case.
There is a big uproar regarding Red Light cameras in Albuquerque, NM.
With luck (and judicial sense) maybe the NM Supreme Court justices will go the way of Minnesota.
Since it is for our safety and not about raising revenue, I'd like to see a law mandating they give the money from the tickets to a worthwhile charity instead of the cities keeping it. We'd be every bit as safe if the money were given to Make A Wish Foundation, and people running lights would know they made a difference to terminally ill children.
That's a Great Idea. I wouldn't mind that at all if they could prove they actually gave the money to the charity.
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