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Traffic camera violoations

  1. Dec 11, 2009 #1
    I'm heart broken to announce that I have broke the law of the land. I made a premeditated red light turn on an intersection 6.4 seconds too early. Not 6.0 seconds but 6.4 seconds.

    I seek forgiveness for what I have done.

    I seek to confess my sins - yes everything.

    I promise to write "I will never turn on red light" 100 times on the blackboard.

    I will burn 1984 and swear I never read it.

    I will repent all the demons.

    But nooo, don't make me pay 100 bucks ....I'm afraid of rats
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  3. Dec 11, 2009 #2

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    You can wait on paying the $100 in the hopes that your local or state government decides that these red light cameras are a bad idea. You can help convince your local government that these cameras are a bad idea by speaking out at city council meetings. This has happened widely throughout Texas, for instance. Red light cameras were all the rage for a while, but that rage has diminished by quite a bit due to rage on the parts of the citizenry.

    Unfortunately this is not the case in my home town. I confess that I too am guilty of a similar crime.
  4. Dec 11, 2009 #3
    I have an option to go court. But there is no way to convince the honorable judge otherwise, in light of proof accurate to mere microseconds. I'm thinking to just go to court and give a speech on the rise of corrupion and decay of society, and then pay the fine.

    Although council meeting would be better, but meandering through ranks to reach the council sounds like more work than it's worth.

    There was another traffic camera set up by a major mall. In just few months it collected a million dollars, but then citizens pledged never to go to this mall, and the city immediately took down the camera.
  5. Dec 11, 2009 #4
    So it was 6.4 seconds before it turned green? You're not allowed to make right turns at red lights where you live?
  6. Dec 11, 2009 #5
    It seems that the township has a worse problem than cameras.
  7. Dec 11, 2009 #6


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    Did you cause an accident? Was there a victim of this "crime" you committed?
  8. Dec 11, 2009 #7


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    I was wondering the same thing. Which side of the road do you drive on?
  9. Dec 11, 2009 #8
    Was going on right lane, and made a right turn on an intersection when light was red. At first I assumed there was "no turn on red" sign, but I went there again today, and there is no sign that says no turn on red.

    From what I understand, you have to come to a complete stop, and then make the turn. I probably didn't do that, just slowed down and then made the turn.

    The notice I got is not a ticket, but from some company contracted out by the city. I have no traffic citations, but on the notice they threaten to revoke your license if you don't pay.
  10. Dec 11, 2009 #9


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    I've been told by police officers that failure to stop on red is one of the things that they get lots of complaints about.

    In any case, this is the first that I've heard of a traffic camera ticketing for an incomplete stop. Did they send you video proof?
  11. Dec 11, 2009 #10


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    The citations typically come with video and/or pictures. I'm in the Houston area as well and they were instituted here within the past year. A guy I work with recieved one for not coming to a complete stop before turning right on red. The citation specifically said so, and the video showed it.
  12. Dec 11, 2009 #11
    So the law says you have to stop before you turn right through a red light. And you say, you didn't stop. So, what exactly is your complaint? Stop whining and pay the fine. If you take it to traffic court, the judge will see the video showing you didn't stop. If I were the judge, I would then assess the normal fine plus as much extra as possible as your fee for wasting the court's time.

    Are you in the US? The system there is, the legislature makes the laws and the police & court enforce them The judge can't say, "you're right, I don't like thaat law either, run along now..."
  13. Dec 11, 2009 #12


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    I waste court time all the time. Cracks me up.

    I pay the fine the day before the date so they can't tag me with any court fees.

    Yay for me!

    Note: Financially... makes sense to wait until the last possible minute.
  14. Dec 12, 2009 #13
    Camera citations like this are mainly just revenue generators. There are millions of people breaking various minor traffic laws on a daily basis and last I checked the world has not come to some heinous end. Most of the people pulling the most dangerous stunts out in traffic by bobbing and weaving in and out of traffic and cutting people off not even using their signals are rarely if ever ticketed. But you put a cop or a camera sitting in a place where people consistently break the law and no one is getting hurt then ticket hundreds of people who are mainly responsible individuals who will actually pay their fine and suddenly your city is rolling in cash.

    Technically they can though generally you have to give a good argument as to the legality and have a significant number of others who also are fighting the particular law before a judge will make such a decision. There is a similar thread from Edward regarding a camera ticket that his wife received which the court threw out because of the numerous complaints about similar tickets.
  15. Dec 12, 2009 #14
    In D.C. years ago, I thought a left turn was prohibited from 14th onto Independence, but I saw that the neon sign for "no left turn" was turned off. Upon taking the left turn, I was pulled over by a policeman. He told me that I had made an illegal left turn, that I had not seen another, painted sign among a half dozen others. I paid my ticket in part because of the notoriety of D.C. Traffic Court.

    This just served to convince me that the government there is corrupt.
  16. Dec 12, 2009 #15
    You all need to grow up.
  17. Dec 12, 2009 #16
    I live in an area where traffic accidents are extremely common. I daily deal with multiple people cutting me off, not signaling lane changes, and riding my bumper among other dangerous driving habits. Then I watch cops lay traps and sit there for hours so they can ticket people for running a stop sign in an area where I have never seen a single accident. I get a parking ticket for parking in front of my own building in an area that is not marked for no parking. I hear about people in the next city who have parking enforcement show up like clock work to ticket their vehicles on street sweeping day even though the street sweeper itself rarely cleans their streets and their city council wants to raise the fines. I get a fix it ticket and the police department charges me to sign off on it so that I can go to the court house and pay the fine.

    And apparently if I am concerned that the city seems to be more worried about making money off of its citizens rather than dealing with more serious issues I need to grow up.

    Perhaps the world has come to some heinous end.
  18. Dec 12, 2009 #17


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    If you're fighting a ticket from a traffic camera, technically, you're not fighting the law in court (the law is the one that states you shouldn't speed or that you need to come to a complete stop before making a right on red, etc.), but the method of enforcing the law. That's really no different if you're arguing there is something wrong about the way a traffic camera operates than that a traffic cop made an error in judgement in determining you broke the law, or that the equipment a cop was using (i.e., radar gun) wasn't calibrated properly.
  19. Dec 12, 2009 #18
    Acceptable manners of enforcement are also prescribed by law. Of course in some places dippy law makers make laws denying the ability to challenge certain methods of enforcement.
  20. Dec 12, 2009 #19
    Yes, I was able to read about it in fine print, and eventually accessed it.

    The video begins where I come to a complete 100% stop at least 5 ft away from the white line. At the same time, another vehicle was over the white line which slowly rolled and made a right turn.

    As I stopped, I rolled and followed the other vehicle to make the turn.

    The traffic law of my state says that one must stop before the white line on an intersection, and yield.

    It doesn't say how far from white line to stop, and doesn't say how far away the other vehicle must be to consider yielding. The rules of the road are ambiguous in that regard.
  21. Dec 12, 2009 #20

    Yes that's the problem:


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