Running Red Light Cameras: the Next Contest
This post is part of my ongoing series on my opposition to red light cameras. I have written articles on the subject (see here and here) and blogged on it (here and here and here and here and here and here and here) many times.
It seems as the weeks and months go by, more and more stories and reports are presented demonstrating the significant and deep issues and concerns surrounding red light cameras. The links above describe many of them but as recently as last week (11/5/14) The Today Show presented the latest development: a law suit in Florida. You can see The Today Show segment on this matter here.
The segment above highlights a lot of the issues I have written on previously (e.g.: this is a money grab, tickets are sent in error, and so on), but evidently in Florida the tickets are reviewed by a for-profit private company before they are reviewed by law enforcement and the for-profit private company has authority to eliminate some photographs before passing them along to law enforcement. The law suit in Florida claims that it is unlawful, if not unconstitutional, to have non-law enforcement functioning as de facto law enforcement.
Although there was little opposition when red light and other traffic cameras were initially installed, it seems cases like the one on The Today Show above (and the other ones I have written about linked above) are becoming increasingly common across the country as more and more motorists are finding themselves on the wrong end of a potentially unlawful and/or unconstitutional effort to separate them from their money via a traffic camera ticket. Hopefully, as efforts like the ones described above gain steam, the era of the traffic camera will soon come to an end.
As an interesting and coincidental side note, as I was writing this blog post, I came across this article regarding someone’s experience contesting a red light camera ticket from Washington D.C. It provides an interesting and insightful perspective from someone’s first hand experience.