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Get rid of red cameras!


August 21, 2013
Since I'm living in Escondido until my cabin on Palomar Mountain can be rebuilt, I've been following with interest the vote that the Escondido City Council will take this week on a proposal to end the pernicious red light cameras that the city has at several of its busier intersections.

Several other cities in the county have voted to get rid of these evil devices, which I place right up there with the NSA spying on all of our telephone calls and emails.

Red cameras, despite the statements of their cheerleaders (usually big government types who justify any and all intrusive spying in the name of "safety") actually tend to cause rear-end collisions because people who are coming up on the intersections will take evasive action, such as slamming on the brakes, in order to avoid being caught in the intersection when the light turns red. I personally like to drive up on the sidewalks out of the sight of the cameras and cross the street outside of their lens (don't try this at home!). However, not everyone has a 4x4 Jeep, so everyone else faces big fines.

I know, people drive too fast on city streets. However, being hit with fines that often are more than $300 or more just for the "crime" of getting caught in the intersection is overkill. The only justification for such fines is to scrape up more money for the city. It has nothing to do with safety.

I'm glad to see that Escondido's Police Department agrees that it's time to end the red cameras, which have been on their little brother perches for a decade now. I'm sure that most of us who drive on Escondido's city streets will be happy to see the cameras gone and replaced by smiling Escondido officers.

Bottom line, the city has been losing money on its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems. There is some justice in the world!

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    Camera tickets you can ignore
    August 22, 2013 | 03:47 PM

    One kind of camera ticket you can ignore is the fake/phishing red light camera tickets mailed out by California police to fool the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. One city sends out about 10,000 of them annually.  Snitch Tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's addr. and phone #, and usually say (on the back, in small letters), "Courtesy Notice - This is Not a Ticket." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term.
     
    Also let your friends know that REAL tickets issued by cities in LA County can be ignored, because the LA County court does not report ignored tickets to the DMV. This info applies ONLY to tickets from cities that are in LA County. Skeptical?  Google red light camera voluntary.

    If you take the time to educate your friends about these things, you may find that suddenly you are eating better.  A lot of people will be buying you lunch after they realize that you have just saved them $500.

    Henry
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    Red light cameras
    August 29, 2013 | 08:10 AM

    I deduce Mr. Ross is the typical type of person who wishes the cameras to be gone. He admits to illegally driving on sidewalks, explains that those who do suffer from rear end accidents are driving too fast, and by extrapolation those following are following too close. Why the city council should take the advice of such dangerous drivers is beyond me.

    The justification is not more money to the city coffers but the safety and protection of pedestrians, bicycalists, and law abiding citizens who do obey traffic signals.

    I woulds ask the council to continue to protect the rights of all of us aggresive and predatory drivers and keep the cameras in place.

    Donald Beauchamp
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