LA Police Admit That Red Light Camera Payments Are Now 'Voluntary'
from the if-you'd-like-to-contribute-to-the-police-red-light-fund... dept
We recently wrote about how LA was considering dumping its red light cameras, and Jay Matteo was the first of a few of you to let us know that, rather than getting rid of them entirely, the police appear to be publicly stating that paying any such red light camera fines is entirely optional:
Officials said that paying the fines was optional and the city had no legal power to force people to pay.
The tickets are part of a “voluntary payment program,” without sanctions for those who fail to submit fines, said Richard M. Tefank, executive director of the city’s Board of Police Commissioners.
“The consequence is somebody calling you from one of these collection agencies and saying ‘pay up.’ And that’s it,” said committee member and Councilman Bill Rosendahl. “There’s no real penalty in terms of your driver’s license or any other consequences if you don’t pay.”
Of course, they never said that publicly before, and those who already paid can’t take back their money, but it’s still quite a revelation for the police to make.