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Judge Rules Against Speeding Cameras, Another Judge Approves Them

Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2014

Ohio Judge Rules Against Speeding Cameras as New York City Approves Them Latest Debate Leaves More Questions than Answers for California Motorists - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

In the continuing saga surrounding controversial camera enforced speeding tickets that saw New York City adopt them just last Friday, Judge Robert Ruehlman of Ohio has contributed his opinion on the matter by ruling in favor of refunds for such violations in a certain town in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Residents of Elmwood Place are now entitled to 1.76 million dollars of refunds, plus an impending settlement on their attorneys’ fees after the ruling. Judge Ruehlman was quoted by the Associated Press as calling the speeding camera system “a scam” and a violation of the Ohio state constitution. This case result will likely add momentum for the cause of some Ohio legislators who were already pushing for a statewide ban on traffic cameras.

Meanwhile, the jury is still out on what California government officials will do now that there are mixed conclusions from the rest of the country. As the controversy moves toward the Pacific, California motorists can only hope that it loses steam before the introduction of these speeding cameras in their city streets. - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

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New York City Speed Enforcement Cameras Welcomed but Likely Not the Case in California

Tuesday, Jan 21st, 2014

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 

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

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Progressive Court Websites Save You Time From Calling or Going to Court

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014

Progressive Court Websites Save You Time From Calling or Going to Court - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

With all the budget cuts California courts are still understaffed and the remaining staff is overworked. This translates to long waits to speak with a clerk either in person or over the phone (if you are lucky). This can be especially frustrating when you just need a simple question answered or a status update regarding a traffic ticket you received.

Thankfully many court website are advanced enough to provide detailed information about your traffic ticket. Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County provide detailed case information as part of their online services. If you need to know if the court received a document or payment you mailed you can check online instead of going in or calling. If you are waiting to hear back as to whether a ticket you contested has been dismissed you can also find these details online. 

The Sacramento County Superior Court website goes so far as to scan and upload copies of all documents related to your ticket for you. If you lose a copy of your ticket you can print a copy from the website or if you want to review the judge’s decision on your case you can go to the website and view it there. Doesn’t get much more convenient than that. - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets 

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

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Ticketing Vehicles Parked at Broken Meters Now Outlawed

Tuesday, Jan 07th, 2014

Ticketing Vehicles Parked at Broken Meters Now Outlawed - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

Section 22508.5 of the Vehicle Code was amended to prevent the practice of ticketing vehicles parked at broken meters. This new law took effect January 1, 2014.

AB 61, Gatto. Parking: parking meters:

Existing law authorizes a local authority to adopt an ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting the parking of a vehicle at an inoperable parking meter or inoperable parking payment center, as defined. Existing law authorizes parking at an inoperable parking meter for up to the posted time limit if no ordinance or resolution has been adopted to prohibit it.

This bill would prohibit a local authority from enacting an ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting the parking of a vehicle in a parking space that is regulated by an inoperable parking meter or inoperable parking payment center until January 1, 2017. - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets 

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Posted in Traffic Tickets