Skip to comments.Traffic Camera Victim ‘Pays Back’ Police Dept.
Posted on 06/09/2010 8:11:25 AM PDT by HandsOffMyFreedom
If youve ever been issued a traffic ticket by a red light or speeding camera, you will revel in the bittersweet justice one luck recipient bestowed upon his local nanny state police department.
Upon receiving a speeding ticket in the mail, Brian McCrary followed the citations payment instructions and attempted to pay his $90 fine on the Bluff City Police Departments (BCPD) website. Much to his surprise, he discovered its domain name was about to expire.
Instead of paying his fine, McCrary saw it as a rare opportunity to literally pay back the police department for violating his civil liberties with Big Brother traffic cameras ...
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That is hilarious...guess the ticket revenue is going to be going down in the aptly named “Bluff” City.
Kudos to Mr. McCrary!
How funny if he sold it back to them for $90....
So, help us with this...
A guy breaks the law by running a red light, almost killing someone (probably) and thinks it is a violation of his civil liberties that he gets a ticket by machine?
To punish those who are trying to keep kids from getting killed by this doofus, he buys their domain and publishes slams against law enforcement. He needs to meet Joe Arpaio.
There are too many anarchy kooks running around thinking no rules are the equivalent to freedom. Wake up guys.
Plus a small "donation" to the "charity of your choice".
It is, despite your bogus, cheezey editorialization.
This is about city revenue and not public safety. Cities turn them off when they stop bringing in the revenue (because of compliance).
They have to split the ticket money with a private corporation that makes and maintains the boxes.
A neighbor had a good story about receiving one of these ‘pictures of you running a red’ tickets in the mail. He sent them a picture of a hundred dollar bill. About a week later someone at the DMV with a sense of humor sent him a picture of a set of handcuffs. I still think he told them to get lost.
You forgot to mention all of the cute puppies and old ladies that this miscreant has probably already mowed down.
If you open up a website and let it go down, somebody can buy it I did not know that.
This is one of many reasons I don’t think government has the competence to run health care. Can you picture a private sector firm placing its Web site into the hands of someone this clueless?
however having cameras everywhere to spy on people is NOT the way I want the law enforced...
how would you feel about a camera in the restroom to make sure you wash your hands for a full 10 secs and if you didn't, an alarm would go off?...maybe a citation and a fee?
My wife wants a camera in our bathroom to make sure I put the lid down.
Your comment might carry some weight if not for the gross editorializing of the incident. “almost killing someone (probably)” “those who are trying to keep kids from getting killed by this doofus”. I mean, come on, where were the puppies and bunnies in this story??
I agree that you can take the Libertarian ideal to an extreme, but you can’t argue against it with fabricated details of an actual event.
A schadenfreude moment!
I see no indication of the driver running a red light, it was a speeding ticket.
These are the easiest tickets in the world to beat, but it will cost you a short day in court.
The main street in my town, has become something like a scene from Orwell. Multiple school zones, tricky hours, tons of cops, no walking students, govt signs EVERYWHERE about bike zones. THere are camera machines everywhere.
I wasn't aware that speeding, hence endangering the lives of others, was a "civil liberty".
In any event, the City of Bluff City VA has instructed it's citizens to call Brian McCrary in the event they are about to be robbed, raped or murdered; young Brian will then be able to teach those who are truly victims the finer points of civil libertarianism.
Freeper keyword "cop hater".
With some people (especially in restaurants)... this could only be a plus... *chuckle*
Probably not almost killing someone. Red light cameras mostly get people who just missed the yellow, and most municipalities have a time frame when all lights are red. The cameras are just the government taking an ownership mentality to us, they don’t stop the dangerous red light runners, and they don’t save lives.
There’s someone else with common sense on here? Kudos!
See the movie Demolition Man.
"You are fined one credit for a violation of the Verbal Morality Statute. "
Then he reversed gears and ran over the cure for cancer. The effrontery of the man!
This guy is awesome!
Guy, does your p***y itch or something? Relax!
A violent invasion which has left hundreds of thousands of Americans dead or harmed by this violent invasion?
I would sell it back for 9000
I’ve read that rear-end collisions are being caused by these cameras. Do you think we can conclude they’re money makers and not for traffic safety?
That's because you live in Seattle where it's considered right and proper to call the city hotline to report speeders. Hence the multitude of "Report Speeders" signs posted along the highways around there.
We have those cameras in our town. If you stop with your bumper over the white line, you get a ticket. Yesterday, I was ridding with my daughter who only has a learners permit. We came upon one of those intersections and the light turned yellow when we were far too close to stop. My daughter practically skidded trying to stop in time while the car behind us was inches away trying to avoid hitting us. I ask her why she did that and she said, “ It’s one of those that takes your picture.” I feel those are actually MORE likely to cause a crash.
Red light cameras are not about safety. They are about revenue.
Post a cop at the light and hand out tickets the old fashioned way.
They don't have to. They could use union government employees to do all that. It's not like they're very busy. But instead of a 50% loss of ticket revenue, it would cost them 200% of revenue.
Actual news article, not filtered through a blog.
Again, since young Brian McClary seems to think that police services are a joke, perhaps the people that are in need of them should call him.
I don’t think the cameras cause rear end collisions. It’s the people behind you that aren’t paying attention.
And the attributes of people speeding recklessly down the highway in Texas are?
Should we also have cameras posted along all roadways looking for those not paying attention and following too closely?
Par for the course. Slower traffic keep right.
Sure. Call ‘em PATRIOT Cameras and say they’re for catching terrorists. People will applaud.
It’s because the person that realizes the light is changing, slams on their brakes in order to not get a ticket. The person behind them slams into them expecting them to go through the light. I read an article about this last week. Some cities are taking them out because the rear-end collisions have doubled and tripled.
Funny story. I realize people don’t like the cameras—smacks of Big Brother. But substantively, I don’t see a difference between a camera spying on traffic and a cop spying on traffic.
The Sixth Amendment protects the people's right "to be confronted with the witnesses against him." You cannot confront a machine, nor compel the machine to appear in court to be cross-examined. A machine does not accuse, nor offer testimony.
I suppose the red-light camera would be okay if it were paired with a police officer at the same site to witness the infraction and then corroborate the photo taken by the machine as evidence, but then that would defeat the purpose of the machine in the first place.
“There are too many anarchy kooks running around thinking no rules are the equivalent to freedom. Wake up guys.”
No, it also has to do with the expectations of a free society. If every aspect of citizen behavior is constantly monitored by big brother, the message is overwhelmingly clear - citizens are not to be trusted.
Let’s see. If you have a late GM car, it can be shut down by remote control. If you have a new Smart Meter from the utility company, they can cut your power with the push of a button. If you’re a bit late making it through the intersection, the camera flashes and the fine here is $451. Go too fast? Same thing.
Add to that the war on drivers and the automobile here in California. ALL of our Bay Area bridge tolls just went up to $5! License and registration fees just doubled - I just got a notice of delinquent registration for my motorcycle (it was under a cover obscuring the tag, and I wasn’t sent the original registration renewal), and it cost me $497 for renewal! For a MOTORCYCLE!! Many of our formally four lane streets are now two lanes, with a huge amount of asphalt given to bike lines (who don’t pay road taxes OR bother to stop for red lights).
What this all adds up to is a wholesale clampdown on the cost of on demand transportation, which is just another way to further reduce individual freedom.
Worse, it appears that our masters no longer expect drivers to exercise caution and personal responsibility. They’d much rather just use bad driving as a cash cow, with astronomical recent increases in fines and fees.
And don’t get me started on the illegals here with no license, no insurance, no registration. Of course, there’s no penalty for them when they cause accidents, if they can run fast enough...
Here's one for you: "dramaqueen"
While collisions have gone up fatalities have gone down. No I can’t find the link where I read this. The conclusion was that the rear end collision when someone was trying to stop for a light was far less dangerous that someone getting T-boned by someone running a red light.
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