It appears as though the future of traffic monitoring and photo enforcement will eventually be merging into one. I suspect that future cameras will soon be looking for impaired drivers and occupant protection violations, such as children improperly placed in car seats or booster seats and people driving in carpool lanes with no passengers. For example, Britney Spears would have received a ticket for driving with her son in her lap.
Police Would Have To Identify Drivers Under New Law. The bill requires that such cameras show the face of the driver, and it is up to the police agency to prove that the driver caught on camera is actually the owner of the car. If the driver can show up at the hearing as laid out in the legislation and say, 'I wasn't driving the car,' well, it's on to us to identify the driver. So, if we can't identify the driver, the ticket's dismissed, says Columbus Police. Sunglasses, ball caps, flip down your visor -- It's kind of easy to try and get around those things.
Although it may seem like the Dan Ryan is backed up all day, there are times when traffic volumes are low - and - motorists are driving too fast. Speeders on the Dan Ryan Expressway who are nabbed by photo-enforcement vans that rolled out this weekend will start receiving $375 tickets in the mail in the next two weeks. The white van, parked on the shoulder in the Dan Ryan construction zone, has a message board that tells you your speed as you pass by...but if you're speeding, it's too late, because inside, the photo radar enforcement is giving you a ticket.
The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department collected a record $3.3 million in fines from its automated speed cameras in March -- increasing the five-year-old program's total revenue to more than $100 million. The program began with six cruisers outfitted with cameras and now has 10 cameras at fixed locations and 12 camera-equipped vehicles rotating through nearly 80 enforcement zones. The speed-camera program is part of the District's expanding automated traffic-enforcement strategy that has collected more than $138 million since 1999. The city's 49 red-light cameras have generated more than $35 million, including $5.2 million last year.
The owner is responsible for the vehicle. In the event the owner was not in the vehicle, operating the vehicle, the owner can submit an affidavit of liability stating who was in possession of the car at the time. Then that individual will become responsible for the citation. For a California see the following two situations:
1. If they issued you, the RO, a real ticket but you weren't the
driver, you DON'T have to name the driver - the RO can go to court and
tell the judge "it's not me" and he will dismiss the ticket.
2. If they issued you, the RO, a Snitch Ticket (one not filed with the
court), you can ignore it.
Illinois is about to go high tech to nab speeders on expressways and in construction zones -- and thanks to clear photographs of drivers behind the wheel -- it's a ticket you can't talk your way out of. Say "cheese" and open your wallet. Illinois police are getting ready to unleash their latest weapon to catch speeders in dangerous construction zones. It's a new photo enforcement van that snaps pictures of drivers behind the wheel, their license plates, and their speed. Here's how it works: within 50 yards of the enforcement van, a radar gun locks onto a vehicle and captures its speed. The driver sees his or her speed displayed on a board above the van -- then flash, police have what they need. Drivers don't know they've been had until they receive a $375 ticket in the mail. That's the minimum fine for a first-time offense of speeding in a construction zone. The second offense will cost you $1,000. And if you hit a worker, the penalty is up to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison.
Motorists who squeeze their vehicles through railroad crossings could be caught on videotape under a new law Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed Tuesday in Springfield, Illinois. State officials hope the cameras will reduce traffic accidents around railroad tracks. “Photo enforcement is a good way for the police to enforce railroad crossing signals and keep drivers safe,” Blagojevich said in a prepared statement. “Now that drivers know they’ll be photographed if they go around lowered crossing gates, hopefully they won’t do it.” The cameras will catch an image of the vehicle and its driver. Lawbreakers caught on tape will receive a traffic ticket through the mail. On first offense, people must pay a $250 fine or perform 24 hours of community service. Additional violations bring a $500 fine and possible six month suspension of vehicle registration.