Texas Red Light Camera Scam

DFW.com has a great post on the proliferation of red light cameras in the metroplex. These cameras are popular money makers around the country.

Cities are loathe to state the real purposes of red light cameras; revenue from a regressive tax on drivers. Like most bad government policy we are told that the cameras will make us safer.

As the article points out the cameras send a ticket to the owner of a vehicle. You do not have to actually drive the car to get a ticket. Want to protest your ticket? Call Australia.

We have outsourced this law enforcement work to an Australian corporation, Redflex. Redflex is not sympathetic to claims of innocence. They require an affidavit stating that you were not driving, but also require you to give the name and address of the person who was. In what system of justice are you required to do the police’s work for them? If they do not know who is driving, they should not issue the ticket.

You have the right to an administrative hearing. You have no rights at an administrative hearing. The rights of a defendant in criminal court do not apply to these hearings. The government does not want civil liberties to stop a good racket.

DFW.com correclty points out that red light cameras do NOT make intersections safer. They increase the number of read end collision dramatically and most intersections continue to have a higher number of accident afterwards.

Automated law enforcement is an insult to the idea of limited government. These cameras are a tax grab by local cities that do not make us safer. In two years I hope the legislature has the courage to reject all forms of automated law enforcement.

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4 responses to “Texas Red Light Camera Scam”

  1. <img src="http://www.blogge says:

    Dude, what’s your stance on Neighborhood Police Cams. Here in the PRSF, the Cops have installed these cams in high crime areas, and these areas have become safer. When does safety trump privacy?

  2. <img src="http://www.blogge says:

    Safety and privacy can co exist. Privacy keeps you safe from government.Why not put police on the streets in the same areas? Having the populate under surveillance 24/7 will create abuse by law enforcement. Getting rid of the black market for drugs and locking up violent criminals would make us all safer without making keeping us all under watch.

  3. <img src="http://www.blogger.c says:

    Just Stop Speeding. If they don’t make money, they will not use them. How hard is this to figure out?

  4. <img src="http://www.blogge says:

    Anon 3- There is a common belief that if you are not breaking the law then the loss of civil liberties does not effect you. These laws will affect innocent drivers who let other borrow their car. Today in Dallas a lady got a red light ticket when a funderal procession ran a light- with a police escort.See red light cameras for what it is. Taxes disguised as safety.

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