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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    Manabi (profile), 2 Aug 2011 @ 11:45am

    Re: Re: Fair Debt Collection Act

    They won't try to sue after that, they'll sell the debt off to another collection agency and you get to start over. Repeat until the statute of limitations on debt in your state runs out (and sometimes even past that). Especially when the debt is as small as a traffic ticket would be. At that point it's 1. small debt (valid or not) and 2. you've shown you won't just roll over and pay, so they move on to easier marks. They sell it off to let another sucker have a go at it. (And to try and recoup some of the money they spent buying it themselves, but that's generally pennies on the dollar so it wasn't much.)

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