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Devices that warn drivers of traffic cameras draw police ire (DC Area)
The Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2009 | Washington Examiner Staff Writer

Posted on 07/07/2009 7:01:26 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

Area drivers looking to outwit police speed cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras.

That has irked D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who promised her officers would pick up their game to counteract the devices, which can also help drivers dodge sobriety checkpoints.

"I think that's the whole point of this program," she told The Examiner. "It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives."

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Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005 to 2008.

In the current fiscal year, Montgomery County expects to make $29 million from its red light and speed cameras. Lanier said efforts to outlaw the software would be too difficult.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


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KEYWORDS: cameras; dc; redlight
Yep, it's all about safety...
1 posted on 07/07/2009 7:01:26 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Cry me a river!


2 posted on 07/07/2009 7:02:22 AM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005 to 2008.”

The crux behind police “concern” ...


3 posted on 07/07/2009 7:02:27 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save livesgenerate revenue."
4 posted on 07/07/2009 7:03:22 AM PDT by doodad
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives."

If that were the case, they'd be happy about the application--people would be more careful around those intersections, and people would be safer.

But since there are fewer tickets, there is less revenue--that's what irks them.

5 posted on 07/07/2009 7:03:27 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Great, now we can have a technological arms race with traffic cameras to match the one with police radar. Hilarious.


6 posted on 07/07/2009 7:03:31 AM PDT by Dan Middleton ( Say no to political personality cults, on the left or the right.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives generate revenue."

There, fixed it.

7 posted on 07/07/2009 7:04:40 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Their “ire” only proves they are nothing but armed revenue collectors.


8 posted on 07/07/2009 7:05:24 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: doodad

GMTA! See post 7.


9 posted on 07/07/2009 7:05:25 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: Charles Henrickson

Circumventing “red light cameras” is outlawry I can heartily endorse. They are nothing more or less than latter day revenuers.


10 posted on 07/07/2009 7:07:10 AM PDT by Goldsborough
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“”It’s designed to circumvent law enforcement “

What law is broken by one not speeding through a red light or avoiding a police road block?


11 posted on 07/07/2009 7:07:15 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Good. If it’s all about safety, then do away with the fines and triple the penalty points awarded in traffic court. The morons are SO transparent.


12 posted on 07/07/2009 7:08:07 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
DC police have replaced the sound on their sirens with the ringing of a cash register. Cha-Ching!
13 posted on 07/07/2009 7:08:09 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives generate revenue."

There ya go Chief Lanier. Fixed it for ya.

14 posted on 07/07/2009 7:08:32 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The code word for the new racism is "diversity.")
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To: Rebelbase
What law is broken by one not speeding through a red light or avoiding a police road block?

The Law of Supply and Demand. The police demand that you supply them with your money.

15 posted on 07/07/2009 7:09:33 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: tgusa

That is the best call I’ve seen. Traffic enforcement stopped being about public safety as soon as the first dollar reached the pocket of a politician.


16 posted on 07/07/2009 7:09:54 AM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Steamburg

That’s the way to approach the issue at a City Council meeting - “I’m all for safety. To enhance the safety of law-abiding citizens, I propose we do away with the fines and (double, triple etc.) the penalty points per offense. Let’s get the unsafe drivers off the roads.” How could a politician argue against that?


17 posted on 07/07/2009 7:14:05 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Admin Moderator

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18 posted on 07/07/2009 7:14:44 AM PDT by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
...that is designed specifically to save lives.

Pig manure. Traffic radar cams have one and only purpose - wealth transfer.

19 posted on 07/07/2009 7:16:32 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Lanier said efforts to outlaw the software would be too difficult.

Just give Obama time.

20 posted on 07/07/2009 7:18:43 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Sarah Palin: Sun Tzu of Politics)
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>>It’s designed to circumvent law enforcement — law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.

Seems designed to circumvent an encroaching police state.

“Your papers, please”


21 posted on 07/07/2009 7:18:44 AM PDT by Betis70 (Keep working serf, Zero's in charge)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"I think that's the whole point of this program," she told The Examiner. "It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives."

Seems to me that anybody with enought wits about them to utilize such technology successfully is sufficiently sober to safely operate a motor vehicle. That leaves the threat to "revenue enhancement" as the chief reason to oppose this application.

22 posted on 07/07/2009 7:24:26 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
“Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005 to 2008.”

No more needs to be said.
23 posted on 07/07/2009 7:35:23 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Traffic cameras should be made unprofitable by the freedom-loving residents of any particular area.


24 posted on 07/07/2009 7:41:51 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Tallguy

That was my first thought, I’ve seen those drunks on Cops and they can’t even recite the alphabet.


25 posted on 07/07/2009 7:42:45 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Rebelbase

Excellent point. If drivers are warned about where these cameras are located, then they will drive more safely in those areas, right? They will be careful about the traffic lights, and be careful about their speed. These warnings actually help law enforcement.

So why would they complain that someone is publicizing where these cameras are located? If it’s all about safety, there should be no complaints that drivers are driving more safely.


26 posted on 07/07/2009 7:43:09 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

But, but I thought it was supposed to slow down drivers!


27 posted on 07/07/2009 7:46:01 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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“...law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.”.

What an utterly dumb statement!

No...law enforcement is designed to ENFORCE LAWS!
...that’s whay it’s called LAW ENFORCEMENT!

LIFE PRESERVERS are designed to save lives.


28 posted on 07/07/2009 7:49:12 AM PDT by woollyone (I believe God created me- you believe you're related to monkeys. Of course I laughed at you!)
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To: Betis70

You got it, a bunch of damn facists!

“Lanier said efforts to outlaw the software would be too difficult”

Screw you!


29 posted on 07/07/2009 7:49:19 AM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new environmentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I thought the whole idea was the iconic “raise awareness” mantra of the post-war generation. Looks like the public is becoming quite aware, to me.


30 posted on 07/07/2009 8:07:37 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“It’s designed to circumvent law enforcement — law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.”

CORRECTION: “Law enforcement is designed to increase revenue through the issuing of citations and tickets.”


31 posted on 07/07/2009 8:08:49 AM PDT by Chewbacca (Elect General Petraeus for President 2012)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Here's the dumb monkey who is making herself the joke of the day.


32 posted on 07/07/2009 8:19:05 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Have you punished an 0bama supporter today?)
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To: Niteranger68
She looks like Alice Tinker, for anybody's who's familiar with the "Vicar of Dibley."


33 posted on 07/07/2009 8:29:33 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Niteranger68

Is she an AA plant (affirmative action, female) or a qualified leader?


34 posted on 07/07/2009 9:06:09 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

You get one guess. . . .


35 posted on 07/07/2009 4:55:28 PM PDT by Goldsborough
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