New York City Speed Enforcement Cameras Welcomed but Likely Not the Case in California - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.
In efforts to address the unusually high number of pedestrian fatalities plaguing its streets, New York City and its officials are beginning to issue $50 fines for drivers that caught on camera going over 10 miles per hour, according to CBS and other major news agencies. Cameras have been installed in several undisclosed locations, however, all of them within a quarter mile of schools throughout the city.
New Yorkers seem to be welcoming the introduction of the cameras, contrary to residents of California, where any traffic enforcement camera programs have been banned by the population and even cancelled in many cities due to public outcry. Speed enforcement cameras have never been used in California, however, the red light enforcement cameras are highly notorious, issuing citations of nearly $500 per violation.
The usage of speed enforcement cameras may in fact never come to California, especially if said cameras utilize “automatic number plate recognition” (ANPR) system, as opposed to other cameras that may utilize Doppler or LIDAR technology. ANPR cameras are fixed or mobile speed camera systems that measure the time taken by a vehicle to travel between two or more fairly distant sites (from several hundred meters to several hundred kilometers apart). According to California Vehicle Code, this is also referred to as a “speed trap.”
The testimony of witnesses gained through speed trap evidence is inadmissible as evidence pursuant to Cal. Veh. Code Sec. 40804(a): “...any officer or other person shall be incompetent as a witness if the testimony is based upon or obtained from the maintenance or use of a speed trap.” However, it remains to be seen if a speed enforcement camera would qualify as a witness for this section to be applicable. Either way, California residents should hope that the speed enforcement cameras never make it to the Gold Coast, where speed violations are punishable by fees of over $200, compared to mild $50 being charged in New York City.- this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets
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