John Weir 
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Re: “Let's agree that red-light cameras are about revenue and move on

"Speeding tickets are given to violators of the law. Those who run red lights are also violating the law. Tickets issued for this offense are no different from those given for speeding, it's just a question of whether a human or camera is your first point of contact."
This is the dumbest thing I have read in a long time. What you are saying is traffic laws are a form of taxation. The implication is these laws are primarily there to generate revenue for the local government. A red light camera cannot tell you who is driving the car by taking a photo of the license plate. A human police officer can. There is a very real danger that a red light camera is punishing someone who is not responsible for the violation. There have been instances where teens have printed out false tags - copies of plates on the cars of people they did not like - and then sped past camera traps to get tickets mailed to their enemies. The camera system doesn't cross check to see if the tag and make of car go together.
Traffic cameras are another way to shake down the driving public. There is no justice in it. It is simply more government theft by rent-seeking bureaucrats.

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Posted by John Weir on 01/24/2012 at 12:06 PM

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