Surprises

by Mike Masnick


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la, red light cameras, voluntary



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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2011 @ 11:25am

    Recently received a recent notice from the City of Denver, citing us for speeding. They sent a photo of our license plate and a shot of the driver -- there was clearly no driver behind the wheel of the car. We can only imagine that their camera took a photo of our parked car, and their computer sent us a ticket for speeding.

    We protested on the form provided, and received a letter telling us "charges were dismissed."

    Please folks -- if you receive one of these illegal summonses (another issue, entirely), examine them closely. Do not just pay out of habit -- this is not a bill. Make sure that you actually committed an infraction.

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