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The ticket that won’t go away

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  • SkipS posted at 12:09 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    SkipS Posts: 25

    Thelma, I agree with your conclusion that these red light (and speed) cameras are nothing more than revenue generators for the cities and counties where they are implimented. Here in Tucson, they have been installed by Pima County and the City of Tucson at numerous intersections and roadways, all under the guise that they are there to "improve safety". That's a bunch of malarky!! Two of the roads I travel frequently are Ina Road east of First Avenue and River Road east of Campbell Avenue. Pima County placed speed cameras on both of those roads in the interest of "safety", and yet I never recall there being ANY accidents at those locations before the cameras were installed. Instead, the cameras were placed in remote areas along long stretches of road, put there to catch people going above the posted speed limits. In other words, revenue generators.

    One word of advice from a family friend who works in law enforcement: the police department or Sheriff's department cannot just mail you a ticket in the mail and expect that you recieved it. They either have to send it to you certified mail, or have a process server hand it to you in person. Many people don't even respond to these mailed "tickets", and most of the time the ticket just goes away. Occassionally, however, the ticket will get sent to a process server who might show up on your doorstep. But why just give the city or county a freebee instead of making THEM follow the rules??

  • Jimboinkentucky posted at 7:55 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    Jimboinkentucky Posts: 1

    You have to be kidding. $335 for running a red light is absolutely ridiculous. It is no wonder that so many people are developing hatred towards government.

  • John Flanagan posted at 1:48 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    John Flanagan Posts: 380

    I know exactly where you are coming from. I received a ticket at the same intersection at River and Oracle roads and it didn't seem fair to me as well. The left turn arrow was green and I moved forward, however, the car in front of me hesitated long enough for the camera to catch me in the intersection.
    Unlike you, I was strongly advised by others, including a traffic court representative, to immediately take the defensive driving course for about 200 dollars to facilitate two things: 1) Have the ticket removed by completing the course quickly. The course staff notify the court that you successfully passed. And 2) With the summons dismissed, your insurance company need not be notified by the court, thus not increasing your insurance premiums.
    The defensive driving course is good for two years, so any traffic tickets before two years are up cannot save you from paying another ticket, having points on your license, or having your insurance company notified.
    In effect, the camera systems are only secondarily related to safety, in my view. The are placed by the state to collect revenue. Efforts by some politicians to stop camera citations went nowhere. I can understand keeping them in place to record intersection accidents only, but not as a means to collect money.


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