Skip to comments.Denver Collects Fines On Drivers Who Stop At Red Lights
Posted on 11/04/2011 9:11:11 AM PDT by re_tail20
The city of Denver is bringing in thousands of dollars in fines every year by ticketing people who stop at red lights. They are ticketed because their tire goes over the white line that marks where the vehicle should stop.
The red light cameras at various intersections in the city will flash and the driver will be sent a $75 citation if the vehicle goes over the white line, even if the driver stops for the light.
They are stealing money. Who has extra money to pay? asked one driver.
I think this is an injustice, its just completely unfair, said another.
I didnt go through the red light. I just didnt stop at the white line, said yet another driver. I feel its a frivolous charge. If an officer had been present, I would not have been given that ticket.
That driver went to court to fight the ticket and lost.
According to the law, Steady red indication:
a. Vehicular traffic facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line but, if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown; except that
1. Such vehicular traffic, after coming to a stop and yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection, may make a right turn unless an official sign is erected at each and every intersection where such right turn is prohibited.
2. Such vehicular traffic, when proceeding on a one-way street, and after coming to a stop, may make a left turn onto a one-way street upon which traffic is moving to the left of the driver. Such turn shall be made only after yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed. No such turn shall be made if a sign is erected giving notice of any such prohibition at each and every intersection where such left turn is prohibited.
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This is an abuse of government authority, no question.
We should just have direct deposit of our paycheck into a government account and get it all over with. We can then all buy food with our food stamp benefit cards.
I wasn't hurt, but I left in an ambulance and called a lawyer on the way to the hospital. He says I'm going to get a pretty big settlement from the city.
Paypack's a bitch.
I’m waiting for the day when the people start fighting back against these extortion cameras being placed everywhere.
This ‘injustice’ can be corrected in the next election cycle.
The people of Colorado have the government they deserve..
ELSE; they would elect a different one..
!democrats!... <-(Eddie Murphy laugh)... RINOs <-(scooby doo laugh)..
I hope they don’t fart at the same time they drive onto that white line, or they’ll be fined for gas emissions too.
“Colorado Springs announced the end of its red light cameras just last week after studies showed they didnt improve safety.”
I live in Colorado Springs, it’s those douche bags in Denver that screw it up for everyone. Yet one more reason to be on guard when driving in Denver.
Actually... there’s a legal reason for this. The white line at an intersection is there for a reason. Going over the white line means you disobeyed a traffic control device and can be ticketed for it.
Here in the Tampa Bay area, these are cropping up all over the place, and people are fed up. Many intersections do not have enough clearance to see oncoming traffic in a right-turn lane, so you have to stop then creep forward to check traffic.
Problem with this is that if you go completely forward of the white line and the car behind you doesn’t stop, the camera now has 2 cars in technical violation of statute, and they send out 2 tickets to 2 different people despite the person in the front being in the right.
Whatever happened to due process in this country? Used to be a day that you couldn’t be fined for something unless a LEO saw you in commission of the act. Now they deputize camera systems. Unreal.
Photo enforcement is always about the letter of the law not the intent. Technically 1 inch over failure to follow the rule, but real live cops would never go through the trouble of ticketing that, it’s no trouble for photo cops though.
BTW, this is another absolutely outrageous greedy government abuse of authority. Remind me to avoid ever going to Denver.
I have to disagree with you. There are load of drivers in the Denver area who pull so far forward, that they block the cross walk, and get their nose out into the flow of traffic.
This forces pedestrians to have to walk around the nose of the car, some times dangerously close to the cross traffic. Some times the stop is so bad that it actually enters into the cross traffic lane.
I have had to stop short on a couple of occasions and wait for the driver to back up in order to safely proceed.
NIBRS crime stats for the city and county of Denver:
(% change from 1 year ago):
Non-Forcible Sex offenses +19.2%
Larceny +10.7 %
Motor Vehicle Theft +7.2%
Simple Assault +6.1%
Yet THIS is how they choose to allocate their resources?
“Used to be a day that you couldn’t be fined for something unless a LEO saw you in the commission of the act.”
Here in Maine, if you pass a stopped school bus that is letting kids on or off, the bus driver has the authority to report you to the police. A violator would have to pay a large fine, and repeated offenses of a similar nature could result in a suspended driver’s license. Even if there was no cop for miles around.
When the bus is letting kids on or off, the bus has red flashing lights and a big red stop sign protrudes from the side of the bus, near the driver’s window.
And by report “you,” I mean the bus driver would report your license plate and a description of your vehicle to the cops.
Pay it in pennies.
And therein lies the problem. What's to stop an unscrupulous bus driver from writing down the plate of someone who cut them off in traffic and reporting it as a stopped bus runner?
I wish they’d ticket the drivers who stop 10 feet back from the line. What’s up with that?
not if they find your post, you won’t.
Slimy bast*rds; the perpetrators of this shameful nonsense should be run out of town on a rail.
Who are “they,” and what are they going to do?
Stop being so greedy, One Driver, it's for the children.
What about the ‘creepers’ who stop short then slowly start and stop to get up to the light while it’s still red? Annoys me to no end.
In a nearby city at a busy intersection cops are writing tickets left and right, only they aren’t using cameras. There is also a fairly busy rail road crossing at that intersection and motorists are clearly warned by signs proclaiming loudly not to pass the tracks when the car traffic light is red and do not block the tracks with your vehicle, while waiting for the light to turn.
You are supposed to stop and wait behind the rail crossing but beyond the crossing there’s room for a couple of cars, so people just cannot wait to fill up all that extra space.
If I am first at the red light and stop properly, cars will pull out around me to take that extra space and gain two whole car lengths advantage on me. Screw them they deserve tickets.
Many times the city has a police car sitting nearby in plain sight and people do it anyway, like I said, screw them, they deserve a ticket.
This happened to me once when I was young, agile and good at climbing. I walked right across the guy's hood where the crosswalk was. I could hear him swearing at me as I high-tailed it over to the other side.
There wasn't a whole lot he could do since there was cross traffic flowing to his front and another car stopped at his rear.
I still get a chuckle when I recall the look on his face.
Unfortunately, city govts are usually self insured which means that you are going to collect from your fellow citizens.
“Im waiting for the day when the people start fighting back against these extortion cameras being placed everywhere.”
Americans need to do what they’ve done in the UK for years. Put an old tyre around the device and “set it a light!”
Instantaneously the Fulton "authorities" caused mile long backups into Cobb county. When the Cobb residents scomplained, they got the usual government arrogant BS about it being set correctly, but that Fulton would "study the problem" and might or might not change the setting.
Then one night someone put several rifle rounds through the timing mechanism, and all of a sudden Fulton decided that it was in their best interests to fix the light the way it was before they screwed with it. Just say'n.
“Im waiting for the day when the people start fighting back against these extortion cameras being placed everywhere.”
my father’s generation would’ve drilled a 30-06 through one of these within a week of its being installed..
There. Leave me out of that.
I was fantasizing.
I drive a semi... Trust me, you really want me to creep a little. It’s that or risk the chance of 45 thousand pounds of our toilet paper pushing me into the back of your friends car. Anytime I drive a stick I work the lights.
Years ago, my son got a ticket because he paused at the stop sign, and bumped on through, REASON he did this, there was a care behind him that was not going to stop and would have rear ended him.
Policewoman said: "You should have let them hit you" IDIOT.
Went to court, DISMISSED. Told the Judge what the policewoman said.
“Every nation has the government it deserves.” —Joseph de Maistre
Applies to local governments, too, and there are consequences for allowing thieving socialism in government. You can win.
We beat them, locally at least, on a legal technicality.
The fines were considered a "civil" crime, and state law requires that 90% of fines for civil crimes be distributed to the school system. The red light company that was running the racket was skimming off too much of the fine ($35 out of every $50 fine, if memory serves).
The camera fines were challenged in court under this premise, and the law was upheld.
Rather than pick up the balance of the tab that needed to go to the schools, all of the local cities decided to yank out the cameras, instead. Thus proving that it was NOT about safety, but about money all along. :-)
I doubt the cameras are members of the police union. Could be time for a police strike until this grievance is resolved.
Talk about your misleading headline!! Those white lines are there for a reason. Anything beyond is in the crosswalk. When I lived in Phoenix, the police there would hand out tickets for it. It was so common we called them the white line patrol.
I’m not condoning what Denver is doing here, but drivers need to realize that the lines are there for a purpose ... it’s not a suggestion.
Was that Johnson Ferry Road? Crosses over the Chattahoochee River? If so, I grew up close to there.
I think that school bus law is nationwide. School busses are picking up & droping off kids all over the USA every school day. The driver who stops at my corner has kids who walk in front of the bus to walk to their houses. IF a driver were to pass that bus while it is stopped to discharge those kids, those kids would be hit.
For the bus driver to issue a ticket notice to the cops is OK by me.
Last Friday on the way home, I made a left turn at a traffic light. If you get up to the speed limit quickly, you can make the next light on green easily. The broad in front of me locked her brakes at that light when it turned yellow.
I stopped in time, as did the guy behind me. He couldn't see the car and was giving me the one finger salute until we left and he passed both of us on the left. I have a feeling he felt a little silly.