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 @ 10:19am

    Dirty little secret: All traffic cameras are 'voluntary' so long as you take basic precautions. Title your car in a business name, not your own, and walla, you no longer have to pay camera tickets. 'Bills' for your tickets will be charged to your business, and as long as you do not register the business with the Feds and get a EIN/TIN the debt collectors will have no information to come and get you with.

    I've been driving this way for 3 years, and my company has been mailed 3 notices from various collection agencies. All of which can do jack shit because my company has no credit history they can use to threaten me with.

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