Red means stop!

Heads up San Juan Capistrano, Big Brother will continue to watch you! Actually, he’ll be watching you more than ever. On Tuesday, the city council narrowly approved the upgrade of existing red-light cameras (to digital) as well as to study two additional cameras at different intersections.

This is a big deal for SJC, as it looks like the city issued at least 4000 camera citations in 2003 alone. Upgrading the technology behind the scenes could only enhance the revenue potential for those cameras.

Riddle me this? If turning right on a red without stopping costs x amount of dollars on a standard officer-issued traffic violation, then why does turning right on a red without stopping costs x plus 300.00 on a standard red-light camera violation? Seriously, if it’s not about the money (which it is) then why is there such a high premium on these tickets?.

As you may have guessed, I don’t really approve of red-light cameras because they seem to be all about generating income for poor city governments (that means you Garden Grove) and less about safety. In fact, I think the veil of safety that red-light cameras operate under is so thin it’s almost transparent. I wish city governments would call it what it is and stop trying to operate these cameras under the guise of a public service.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    Funny that you mention Garbage Grove. I love how they have signs at all intersections warning of a red light camera, but they’re only at some of them. Very sneaky Garbage Grove……


  2. Jon (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    Garden Grove, in addition to real citations, also practices the rather dubious act of sending out fake tickets designed to look very much like real tickets.

    In cases where they cannot identify the driver on camera , they send out an official looking “ticket” in an attempt to get the owner of the car to “nominate” or identify who was driving.

    Real tickets will have a court address and instruct you to contact the court. Fake tickets will not have the court address and instruct you not to contact the court, but rather the city traffic offices.

    Why? So they can get you to confess to a traffic violation. Once you do confess (which you are under no obligation to do), then you get a real citation in the mail.

    This particular form of phishing is apparently quite successful because often citizens can’t tell the difference between the two. A quick phone call to the city of Garden Grove confirmed this.

    You can find out more information here:

    http://www.highwayrobbery.net/redlightcamsticket.htm



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