Another Photo Enforcement Deficiency – More Erroneous Tickets

If you need yet another reason to argue against red light cameras, this article makes a pretty good case. Joani Loos had traveled from out of town for a funeral in Kitchener, Ontario. The funeral procession went through an intersection with a red light camera. This city must love funerals, as they rang up potentially thousands of dollars in fines as mourners proceeded through a red light in procession while cross traffic safely waited. While the mourners could probably fight their tickets in court, this is a difficult endeavor for those who live out of town. The city has dollar signs in its eyes as it awaits the $180 fines to be paid from a whole procession of grieving friends and family members.

Camera vendors and police agencies will claim that each individual ticket is reviewed, but obviously this is not the case. The city would rather mail out tickets in the hopes that the recipient will simply acquiesce and pay, rather than go through the hassle of putting up a fight.

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2 Comments

  1. Ken
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Anyone:

    Does an oncoming vehicle (truck) in line with the vehicle being shot by photo radar affect the speed reading or even record the speed of the oncoming truck? (Note):The truck’s cab can be seen above my car.
    Thanks, Ken

    If it’s a speed van, radar is used and it’s very possible for the reading to be affected by other vehicles and objects. Cops using regular radar equipment frequently get bad readings and have to try again or discard the reading. This is one of the biggest problems with photo enforcement is that no one is monitoring/witnessing each violation to ensure that the reading is accurate or valid. –admin

  2. Kathy in Hamilton
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I just received a ticket in the mail from a red light camera while driving through a funeral procession where opposite traffic had stopped for us. The photo even shows cyclists crossing against the light.

    Is it worth trying to fight it in court? Does this affect insurance?


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