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Governor Vetos SB 29

We thought we'd put out an update on whatever happened to Senate Bill 29, a bill that would have put new restrictions on cities operating red light camera systems. Most notably, SB 29 would protect the rights of Californians cited by traffic enforcement cameras (red light cameras) and would require that cities using red light cameras establish policies and procedures to better ensure that citations are properly and appropriately issued, and that motorists can effectively challenge incorrectly administered tickets. For more history on SB29, check out this blog post. SB29 worked it's way through the senate for nearly a year until it was finally vetoed. On October 7 of this year, Our Governor put out this veto message: "To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 29 without my signature. This bill standardizes rules for local governments to follow when installing and maintaining red light cameras. This is something that can and should be overseen by local elected officials. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr." What does this mean for you as a driver? Apparently, it means that your city may still be able to operate red light cameras on a basis of revenue generation if they so need to, which many people accuse is the underlying reason for red light camera systems. Interestingly, opponents of SB 29 argued that hundreds of millions of dollars would be lost in government ticketing revenue if SB29 was signed, since it would prohibit the government in considering revenue generation when proposing to install a new red light camera system, beyond recovering its actual costs of operating the system. These things are supposed to be used to reduce the number of accidents at specific intersections, but the studies on this are controversial. How do you feel about red light camera systems? Voice your concerns on our Facebook page or you can leave a comment on this blog post. Be sure to give a big shout out to our team at TicketKick for continuing to help educate the public of what their rights are options are with red light camera tickets. Until more laws are put in place to actually help protect driver's rights regarding red light camera systems, we'll keep on helping hundreds of drivers fight them every month.  
Posted in Government, News, Red Light
Nov 11th, 2011