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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  1. identicon
    keniri, 2 Aug 2011 @ 12:43pm

    The Consequence? See Your Credit Score Get Hit

    Did I hear that right? There is no consequence? For anyone who believes that, I'd like to sell you the Empire State Building. The quote in this article says it all. The consequence is that someone from a collection agency calls you up. Pardon me but the consequence of not paying is that it gets placed on your credit report and will negatively affect your credit score.

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