posted on Jul, 6 2013 @ 11:26 PM
This guy may be my new hero.
In a recent court hearing, Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered them not only to be shut off but to be impounded - taken off the streets for
The drastic action comes because his original court order, issued back in March, apparently was ignored for the sake of $ -- shocking!
Back in March, this judge ruled that the use of these cameras was unconstitutional and ordered them to be shut down, along with the ticket program
But, the Elmwood Place police department did not follow the judge's order and kept the cameras in place.
A legal battle ensued and the judge not only did not back down, he actually ordered the cameras to be taken down and impounded, while holding the
manufacturer in contempt.
During the June 27 hearing, Ruehlman found that his order had been violated in a number of ways. First off, the cameras had been turned back on,
though Elmwood Place Police Chief Bill Peskin said during the hearing that they were only used to collect traffic and speed data, not to collect
license plate information or to issue new traffic tickets.
Yea right! Only used to collect traffic data - while $48,000 more was collected.
"The traffic camera company collected the citations, and apparently continued to collect money sent in after the judge's March order," WLWT
"There was testimony in court that some $48,000 was collected, with a percentage of that money passed on to the village per the speed camera
contract. Optotraffic did not have a representative in court Thursday.
Mike Allen, an attorney who is part of a legal team fighting against the speed cameras, called them a "money grab."
Small town, small progress, but it has to start somewhere. I'm just happy to know that ethics actually still exist.
edit on 6-7-2013 by Maluhia because: (no reason given)