Red light racket
08/26/2014 5:57 PM
08/26/2014 5:58 PM
I recently learned the hard way about red-light camera tickets.
Red-light camera fines are punitive, random taxes, costly and time-consuming to dispute, and disproportionately hit those who either cannot afford an attorney or cannot take two days off to fight.
I have seen dangerous and careless near-accidents due to hard braking or hard acceleration on yellow where the cameras are obvious.
I suggest indisputable red light runners be fined more, not the $75 wrist slap.
But right-turn-on-red tickets should be eliminated except in an accident.
Ticketing a “rolling” right turn on red with no traffic in sight, day or night, is a sham and a money grab.
Finally the entire program needs a public vote. It is a tax.
— Paul Buckley, Mansfield
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