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 @ 11:04am

    Not here in Arizona. Ignore one of those tickets and they will just suspend your license. They even made it mandatory for the registered owner of the car to turn in someone else driving your vehicle and getting a violation. If not it goes against you. Fortunately the city of Tempe did not renew it's contract with Redflex this month and all their red light and speed cameras are turned off. We got rid of the hundreds of freeway speed traps last year. So at least we are making some headway.

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