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Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats

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On: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:07AM | By: Clay Ritchings

Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats

Red light camera companies’ profits are falling far below expectations all over the country. The cash cow is drying up for the cities because of the citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.

The red-light camera company contracted by Lakeland has been telling ticketed drivers a hold can be placed on their vehicle registration if they fail to pay their fine. This tactic rivals the best efforts of a bottom feeding bill collector trying to make their commissions. What’s next? Harassing phone calls at dinnertime? This is Clearly an act of desperation on the part of (ATS) American Traffic Solutions. According to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, no red-light camera company can issue a registration hold for citations issued in Florida.

Since photo tickets were downgraded to civil offenses that conveniently sidestep the legal requirement in criminal cases, the private RLC’s thought it might improve the program’s odds of political survival. The voters might not kick up a fuss if one check made the problem go away forever. My guess is before these cities got into their incestuous relationships with the RLC’s, they never thought that the backlash for the systems would be so intense. Some people have shown their distaste with the cameras by covering them with boxes, sticky notes and Silly String. In infamous cases, one man took a pickax to a camera and another purposefully set off the cameras dozens of times while wearing masks and using fictitious license plates.

Some of the people who got those tickets are contesting them in court and could end up having to pay the fine, but many of them have gone unpaid because drivers know they have a good shot at getting away with ignoring them because they are no longer traffic violations. When people get tickets, they can pay without question, request a court date and fight the ticket, or simply ignore the ticket because law enforcement cannot prove they received it. Since it is not a traffic violation, what are they going to do? Put a lien on you…good luck.

Hey Lakeland, what ever became of all those city vehicles (Including Police Cars) that were caught running red lights in front of reporters recording unrelated video at North Florida Avenue and Memorial Boulevard? C’mon you remember, the very same vehicles that (ATS) American Traffic Solutions could not find on any of their videos? Well, you would sure as hell find my video if you were going to get your money out of it.

We will see how long the cameras stay up when the profits are down…

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imwithcoco | 4:36PM (Wed, Jan 13, 2010)

This is the biggest scam with local governments.

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