posted on Dec, 13 2012 @ 01:17 PM
Personally, in my years of trucking all over, I came to have pretty hard feelings about automated traffic control devices like these cameras. On one
hand? They ARE needed. Badly needed. On the other? NOT like this. This isn't about safety, it's about money. Pure and simply
Look at the laws in many, if not most places. To make this work and pass Constitutional muster, they've had to admit they can't even call these
traffic violations. They can merely call them minor infractions that carry no points. Only a fine. Points would demand due process and the power of
law to fight it. Infractions? Bahh...not the same thing and thats important to note because the rights and options of the accused are radically
Now how I think these are NEEDED is first..outside of the cities. NOT inside cities on surface streets. People do stupid stupid stuff to avoid the
cameras, even when it's not an issue. I've seen too many near rear-end or actual accidents here in this city, trying to avoid the shutter from
clicking a yellow...not even a red.
OUTSIDE the cities though?
I can't tell you how many times across I-40 or I-70 or I-80 between the West Coast and Ohio Valley I was cruising in my 18 wheeler to literally be
BLOWN OVER A FEW FEET in my lane ...and yes..that literally DOES happen by the way.....by other trucks coming by my 75Mph cruise control at
100-125Mph. The "trailer wash" alone at that speed differential can be dangerous as hell if one isn't expecting the slam as they clear at that
speed. We need not even get into cars doing that or higher...and that was every day.
^^^ If they want to be SERIOUS on this, fine. I have a way to be serious and not be glorified meter maids in R2-D2 form. Make the fines a flat $100
flat rate. Period. It's not ABOUT money. The money is just a placeholder to remind people of the experience. Then give people 1/3 of the points to a
suspension on a red light violation and 1/2 the points (Point systems vary by state) to a suspension on anything clocked over 15 past posted speed
limit. Automatic suspension for anything 25 over and above.
THAT would be a real solution that would bring REAL results in a year or less. I'd put money on it.