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“It’s unconstitutional,” said longtime Escondido resident Scott Davis on June 23, speaking in front of the Escondido City Council to address the red-light cameras within city limits. The city, according to the police department, has seven intersections with cameras. Davis says that the red-light violators are expected to pay a $486 ticket, only $55 of which goes to the City of Escondido.

“That’s not right,” said Davis. “I want to know where the money goes to.” As the registered owner of a vehicle that was caught by a red-light camera, Davis was issued a citation. “I will not pay the fine,” he said. “That camera cannot prove that I was a driver — $486 is not a minor traffic offense.”

Davis pointed out that the system cannot prove that the people receiving the tickets are the actual drivers of the vehicle captured by the camera. The current policy issues a citation to registered owners of the vehicle, instead of the former method of sending the registered owner a letter asking to identify the driver of the vehicle.

“The agenda is not right: it’s a camera, it can’t prove,” said Davis. “It’s not sworn; it’s not a deputy. It’s a camera! And if I have to go to jail for it, I will go to jail for it, and then I will take the City of Escondido to court.”

Besides the problem of cameras not being sworn deputies, the red-light-camera program is costly. With lower revenues from citations, Escondido is projecting a deficit for fiscal year 2009–'10 for the operation of the cameras.

The police department has reported a decrease in vehicle collisions each year since 2006, when the first cameras were installed.

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Banphotoradar June 27, 2010 @ 3:41 p.m.

Redflex is an Australian corporation and American Traffic Solutions is co-owned by Goldman Sachs. So, your money is going to Australian investors, Goldman Sachs, and a stagnant local government that won't control its spending. 20 reasons to oppose photo radar:

http://www.meetup.com/camerafraud/messages/boards/thread/7496696

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SDHenry June 27, 2010 @ 4:50 p.m.

If you noticed the mention of the "former method," that was a reference to Snitch Tickets, fake/phishing tickets sent out by the police to bluff the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. (Local depts. that have used them in the past - and mostly still are - are Escondido, Del Mar, Encinitas, El Cajon, Oceanside, Poway, Solana Beach, and Vista.) Snitch Tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's addr. and phone #, and usually say (on the back, in small letters), "Do not contact the court about this notice." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term.

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CuddleFish June 28, 2010 @ 11:11 a.m.

Beyond that, this supposedly free society is becoming more and more Orwellian every day. We are supposedly installing cameras everywhere to better protect ourselves, but we are giving up more and more freedom to do it; we are trapping ourselves.

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xians421 June 29, 2010 @ 5:28 a.m.

Cuddlefish, please report to room 101.

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jerome June 29, 2010 @ 11:19 a.m.

so it goes ,,,,,,,if the city of ESCONDIDO is losing money on these cameras take down it only makes money for the crooks that sold the idea..........

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Gekko4321 June 29, 2010 @ 12:16 p.m.

The $486 is what is insane! I do not care about the camera's if the cost were more modest, like $50-$75. Then it hurts, but we can pay it easier. Your not gonna want to rack up a bunch of $75 tickets, so it will deter you! The problem is $486 is going to break many people and make them angry. Too much.

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SurfPuppy619 June 29, 2010 @ 3:50 p.m.

Davis says that the red-light violators are expected to pay a $486 ticket, only $55 of which goes to the City of Escondido.

“That’s not right,” said Davis. “I want to know where the money goes to.”

It goes to fund those 3%@50, $5 million pensions that the GED cops and Firewhiners have.

Same with the sales tax increases.

Those $5 million pensions are paid with real money, not monopoly money.

So now you know why we have a 10% sales tax and $500 red light camera tickets.

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SurfPuppy619 June 29, 2010 @ 3:54 p.m.

The $486 is what is insane! I do not care about the camera's if the cost were more modest, like $50-$75. Then it hurts, but we can pay it easier. Your not gonna want to rack up a bunch of $75 tickets, so it will deter you! The problem is $486 is going to break many people and make them angry. Too much.

By Gekko4321

Red light tickets have not been $75 in over 25 years.

In fact the camera oerator is probably receiving more than half that $486 to "maintain" the cameras and "process" the info.

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MURPHYJUNK June 30, 2010 @ 2:06 p.m.

too bad some of the local paint ball guys don't use the cameras for target practice

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pwright July 6, 2010 @ 1:33 p.m.

Hey Nathaniel Uy. You seem to have an eye for social justice. Maybe you would like to do a piece on some 1st time homebuyers I know. They bought a Freddie Mac-owned home through FHA. (both are govt. entities) Immediatly after the close they were notified that there has been a Order Of Demolition for years on the house. They must demolish half of the house or lose it altogether. They struggled to make the 3% down payment. They have no money to comply. Many government agencies & the title insurance co. have really screwed them. If you have an interest please contact me through this forumn. Pwright.

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