The first thing I want to say about these to be crystal clear — these aren’t about anything but revenue. The revenue is for the owners of the camera and for the towns/states/municipalities that use them. This revenue is no small amount; we are talking multiple millions per year.
If that wasn’t the case, the municipalities that use these cameras would care if there was an actual violation and who actually committed it. But they don’t, pure and simple. They just want the vehicle owner to pay the fine. They just want the money.
Most times you will not win, if you try, as they assume guilt. Hey, they have the picture, right? And even if the camera is broken, you are still guilty. And even if you were in Iraq or on the moon, your car was the one we have on camera and you are guilty.
In my opinion, and everything I write is my opinion, I think that stinks. Why? Because I often let others use my personal and company vehicles. I often leave my keys in case someone needs to use my vehicle, or move it, etc. Sure I expect them to drive it gently, and to obey the law. I believe most times they do.
Annoying Example One:
There is a seemingly new interpretation regarding the red light cameras in many states. I guess their revenues weren’t as high as they expected. It seems now, that if your tire touches the white line – you are guilty of running a red light and they are sending tickets for same*. If your car stopped, but if your tire went over the white line you can and most likely will be found guilty of this violation at any traffic signal equipped with these cameras. My advice then, based on that is run the damn light and get the ticket legitimately. The hell with safety, and doing what’s right by trying to stop – if you are going to get the ticket anyway, and have to pay the fine, with little to no hope of contesting it and it’s “just that close” run the damn light.