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Old 10-16-2006, 06:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Traffic camera problem

so last night i was driving home, and was driving say 5-10 miles over the speed limit (so 40-45mph), came to an intersection and was gonna make a right turn. no cars around. just as i get close the light turns red, so i slam on the breaks (i was goin say 15-20mph).

did not run the light, but the camera flash.

i may of crossed the first pedesterian line... but certainly not the second.

so now im kind of paranoid... anyone know what's gonna happen?

can i argue if i do get a ticket?

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Old 10-16-2006, 06:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can always appeal a ticket.
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Old 10-16-2006, 10:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If it's like the camera pictures around here, a real police officer will review the picture and make the final call. Then if they issue a ticket you can try to appeal it, but VERY few around here have been reversed, FYI.

Plus, it's possible that someone in another lane (if it's a multi-lane road) went through and they took their picture.
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Old 10-16-2006, 12:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just get some of that high gloss license plate covering and don't worry about it.
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Take a tire, throw it on the camera, and set it on fire thereby destroying the film. That's what other victimized citizens are doing in the U.K. ...

http://www.speedcam.co.uk/gatso2.htm
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you did not cross the intersection then it is likely that it did not get your plate, the camera has a sensor that detects when a line has been crossed then a delay then the camera flashes and takes a picture. The camera is usuially set so that you can see the car well into the interseection in the pic so you can't deny running the light. with any luck the picture is a nice one of the roof of your car.
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not to trigger another debate on this subject, but boy do I hate the very idea of this..

They should at least send a squad car out to pull you over for running the red light or whatever, not just mail out a ticket. .

Just bothers me.

I don't run red lights, but Jeeze...

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Old 10-16-2006, 06:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Not to trigger another debate on this subject, but boy do I hate the very idea of this..

They should at least send a squad car out to pull you over for running the red light or whatever, not just mail out a ticket.
You're right not to like it. Even though there is a pretense that these big brother tactics are to "keep people safe" that's obviously bull. If that was true than you would have a squad car there pulling people over so they don't run the next red light or even more worrisome, to make sure that the person who ran the red light wasn't driving drunk. Squad cars and cops cost money though, and these machines deliver an automatic revenue stream, especially when the timing of the yellow light has been "fixed". They just want your money, plain and simple.
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im banking on the camera being set to take a pic of the car when it's well within the intersection...

'casue i stopped well before i crossed it =)

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Yeah, and if you do get a ticket, just fight it and tell the truth. Who knows, it might actually work
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