Police Officer Objects to Way Camera Are Used to Ticket Rolling Rights –blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.
Cities all across the Unites States are quitting use of red light camera. Some states like Maine, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, and Wisconsin have state-wide bans on red Light Cameras. The City of Los Angeles, San Diego, Hayward, Murrieta, and Redwood City are just a few of the many California cities that have stopped their use of red light cameras just this year alone. Apparently even police officers have had enough.
Officer Sandra St. Germain of Hialeah Police Department in SunSentinel.com article writes:
I had to write after reading about the red-light cameras. I am employed as a police officer and write red-light citations. I was so troubled by this issue I corresponded with state Sen. Thad Altman, who sponsored the legislation that allowed this law.
My problem with the law is the way the cities have prostituted the law and are using it to cite for right turns on red without stopping, which is the vast majority of the tickets being written. Sen. Altman advised me the provision for allowing the citing of right-on-red violations was to allow cities the discretion if the right-on-red without stopping was done in such a way to show the vehicle had failed to yield to a pedestrian or another vehicle.
That is clearly not what they are doing. I have yet to see a camera video that shows a vehicle was cited after causing a person or vehicle to take evasive action to avoid a collision, failing to yield. The vast majority of the tickets are for right turns on red slowly rolling around the corner.
The red-light camera law is clearly not being used as intended. The cities are shamefully reaching into citizens’ pockets to plug the deficits with this law. The cities are using the law as a “ching-ching” revenue source.
Keep the camera law, but only allow for citing vehicles that only go straight through the red light. I venture to say, you would see how fast the cities drop the cameras if that happened. – blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.
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