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  • Cops: Woman dumps coffee on meter maid

    03/03/2010 2:34:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 1,072+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 3, 2010 | Laurel J. Sweet and O’Ryan Johnson
    A steaming-mad Rhode Island woman reacted to a $25 parking ticket by hurling hot coffee at a 64-year-old meter maid in Brookline Village yesterday, police said. Krystle Charley, 23, of North Smithfield, R.I., will be arraigned today in Brookline District Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon: a $1.85 cup of joe from Cutty’s coffee shop.
  • [MO] Supreme Court tosses red-light camera violation, says city ordinance violates state law

    03/02/2010 2:06:38 PM PST · by Huntress · 20 replies · 1,216+ views
    Springfield [MO] News Leader | 3/2/10 | Amos Bridges
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  • Foot Cop On Every Corner of Intersection Handing Out Tickets [vanity]

    02/24/2010 2:15:03 PM PST · by TruthHound · 127 replies · 1,856+ views
    TruthHound | Truthhound
    Just thought I'd get your take on this. I was coming home just now and went through a relatively busy intersection of San Pedro (13th and Grand). There were four cops--one on each corner at the 4-way stop with ticket books in hand. Actually one was just returning from a car he had just given some unknown citation to. Since it was nothing I had seen before, It got me thinking... I'm sure that there were some long-established violations that they were on the lookout for--not stopping, busted tail light, etc. But I'm sure that their real cash cow was...
  • The New “Highway Robbery”: Money-Making DUI Roadblocks Growing

    02/17/2010 8:16:37 AM PST · by granite · 142 replies · 1,973+ views
    Maricopa County Courts ^ | February 14, 2010 | Lawrence Taylor
    I’ve commented repeatedly in the past about how DUI roadblocks (MADD prefers the less oppressive term "sobriety checkpoints") are inefficient at apprehending drunk drivers. See Do DUI Roadblocks Work?, Do DUI Roadblocks Work (Part II), As a means of apprehending drunk drivers, even law enforcement admits they are only effective as a deterrent — i.e., keeping people off the streets. See DUI Logic: Roadblocks Effective – Because They’re Inefective, Purpose of DUI Roadblocks: "Shock and Awe". So why are cops using more and more DUI roadblocks? Simple: They are goldmines. See DUI: Government’s Cash Cow, What if the Cash Cow...
  • Man claims Va. deputies beat him for burping

    02/10/2010 12:26:16 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 89 replies · 1,106+ views
    ROANOKE — A Roanoke man claims sheriff's deputies beat him in the city jail because of his burping. Thomas Scott Vandegrift made the allegations in a federal lawsuit filed last week against several deputies, the city, the sheriff's office and the sheriff. According to the lawsuit, the deputies were annoyed by Vandegrift's burping, which was caused by acid reflux. Vandegrift was being held at the jail on a drunken driving charge. He pleaded no contest in 2008 and received a six-month suspended sentence, a $750 fine and a year of driving restrictions. The lawsuit alleges excessive force, conspiracy to violate...
  • L.A. County red-light violation fines have jumped 65% to $446, Times review finds

    02/04/2010 12:03:14 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 696+ views
    LAT ^ | 02/04/10
    L.A. County red-light violation fines have jumped 65% to $446, Times review finds February 4, 2010 | 7:14 am Redlights In less than eight years, fines for red-light traffic violations in Los Angeles County have jumped nearly 65% from an average of $271 to $446. With traffic school fees, the total now exceeds $500. Ever-vigilant photo enforcement programs run by nearly 30 agencies across the county have added a new degree of efficiency to catching violators and capturing revenue to fund a variety of government programs. In November alone, Los Angeles County’s Superior Court system processed payments on an estimated...
  • Auburn (NY) police chief wants officers to write at least one ticket a day to raise money for city

    01/13/2010 10:54:48 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | January 13, 2010, 6:00AM | By Scott Rapp /
    Auburn, NY -- Three days before Christmas, Auburn Police Chief Gary Giannotta laid down the law for his command staff. At the closed meeting Dec. 22 in the department basement, Giannotta gave this ultimatum: Tell your patrol officers to write more vehicle and traffic tickets — at least one each per shift — or there will be repercussions for those who don’t.... Threatening to punish employees who fail to make a ticket quota violates state labor law. Tuesday, the Auburn police union took Giannotta to task for his proclamation, and two college criminal justice experts questioned the ethics of his...
  • Need Advice on Fighting an Unjust Speeding Ticket

    12/30/2009 9:14:26 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 84 replies · 2,712+ views ^ | 29 December 2009 | 1st Sgt. J.C. Melvin
    While this may be a vanity, I believe it is another chapter in a growing trend of government to prey on its citizen subjects to add to their coffers.Yesterday, while returning home from a Christmas visit to relatives, my daughter was picked up on I-77 just north of the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.She is 24, a cautious driver and never had a speeding ticket before. I'm 54 and have had only one, when I was slightly younger than she is now.The circumstances of the ticket are suspect. She was passing a semi-trailer going in the 50's on a steep downhill...
  • John Kerry’s daughter arrested for DUI

    11/19/2009 8:12:59 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 106 replies · 4,270+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/19/09 | Renee Nadeau
    One of Sen. John Kerry’s daughters was arrested early this morning for driving under the influence, Los Angeles police confirmed. Alexandra Forbes Kerry was pulled over in Hollywood for a traffic violation and was arrested for DUI at 12:40 a.m., Officer Sara Faden said. Kerry posted $5,000 bail at 5:20 a.m. Faden would not confirm Kerry’s blood alcohol level or what substance the senator’s daughter was under the influence of. Developing...
  • State Rep. Jason Bartlett arrested for driving related charges (CT)

    11/18/2009 1:19:59 PM PST · by Koblenz · 9 replies · 830+ views
    WLAD ^ | Nov 18th, 2009 | Unknown
    Democratic State Representative Jason Bartlett, who's district includes Bethel, Danbury and Redding, was arrested on several motor vehicle charges after being pulled over in Newtown. Newtown Police Sgt. Dominic Costello says Bartlett was pulled over by an officer who saw him driving while speaking on his cell phone, without a hands free device. After a short investigation, the officer determined that his registration had expired and his license was suspended. Costello did not know why Bartlett's license was suspended. Bartlett says he will be releasing a statement about the incident this afternoon.
  • Mass. senator, reportedly drunk, driven home by cops 13 hours before hit-and-run

    11/16/2009 9:38:23 AM PST · by freespirited · 43 replies · 2,231+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/16/09 | Steve LeBlanc
    Police in Cambridge, Mass., gave state Sen. Anthony Galluccio a ride home because acquaintances told them he was too drunk to drive about 13 hours before he was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Police were called to a gas station in Cambridge about 4:40 a.m. Oct. 4 after receiving a call about an intoxicated man. The station attendant told police he believed Galluccio was too drunk to drive. Police said another man told them he was trying to drive Galluccio home but couldn't find his house. Police said they drove Galluccio home in their cruiser. About 13 hours later, a...
  • Town approves 3-cat limit

    11/05/2009 11:46:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies · 1,822+ views ^ | 11/4/2009 | Staff
    DUDLEY, Mass., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts town outlawed owning three cats without a kennel license after a man complained his neighbor's felines were hurting his lawn. Voters at a Dudley town meeting Tuesday night approved the addition of the new language to a town bylaw, which will impose a $100 per day fine for violations, after a local man complained that some of the 15 cats owned by Mary Ellen Richards had destroyed his grass, the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette reported Wednesday. Richards said at the town meeting that she now plans to put her house up...
  • HPD Begins Creative Crackdown[Houston]

    11/02/2009 11:36:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,087+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 29 Oct 2009 | Mary Benton
    HOUSTON -- The Houston Police Department launched a new creative campaign to crack down on dangerous and aggressive drivers, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. The plan calls for putting plainclothes officers in different locations around the city to spot drivers who are speeding, not wearing seat belts, or changing lanes erratically. In one tactic, senior Houston Police Officer William Dodson will dress in street clothes and stand at a street corner with a sign in his hand. Some people could mistake him for a vagrant, but on closer inspection, they will see that the sign is reminding people to wear...
  • Driving without license OK in SF -- cyclists and pedestrians beware (This is for real-not satire)

    10/30/2009 1:32:17 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 41 replies · 1,446+ views
    Examiner ^ | 10/26/09 | Arthur Bruzzone
    SAN FRANCISCO-CA --- In 2007, the last reporting period. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported 28 pedestrians fatalities, 440 cyclists injured, a total of 52 people killed in traffic accidents in San Francisco. Now, it's reported today that the city will no longer enforce the law for first time offenders of driving without a license. Worse, the new police chief endorses the proposal. San Francisco Police Chief Gascon is quoted as saying that the city is "trying to be sensitive to all of the communities we serve..."We recognize that this is a problem within the Hispanic community, where people working...
  • Court denies appeal in dog case (Cops killed dog while family held at gunpoint)

    09/03/2009 8:48:52 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 1,580+ views
    Court denies appeal in dog case Mary Jo Denton Herald-Citizen Staff Thursday, Sep 03, 2009 COOKEVILLE -- The shooting of a pet dog by a police officer at a traffic stop here six years ago is still being argued over in lawsuits. Just today, Thursday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals released a ruling denying an appeal by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper David Bush, who was one of several officers present at the stop that day and who was found guilty of excessive force in restraining James Smoak of North Carolina, the owner of the dog. Police officers here had...
  • Fire chief shot by cop in Ark. court over tickets

    09/03/2009 3:23:56 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 56 replies · 2,764+ views
    hosted. ^ | Sep 3, | JON GAMBRELL
    ERICHO, Ark. (AP) -- It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps. The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.
  • Cheap Nikons on eBay: 22 stolen from NYC red light cameras

    07/28/2009 8:34:40 AM PDT · by libh8er · 23 replies · 1,320+ views
    Endgadget ^ | 7.27.09 | Tim Stevens
    Hopefully you're not the sort to risk things by gunning it when the light turns yellow, pushing your (and our) luck, saving yourself a few seconds on the race to the next intersection, and sneering red light cameras. Maybe if you knew the kind of hardware in there you'd have more respect: Nikon's D2X digital SLR. We had no idea there were pro-level shooters in there, but a New York City couple certainly did, running around the city with a cherry picker and pilfering 22 of the things, all sold at pawn shops for a total of $88,000 $6,600 --...
  • Red Light Special

    07/14/2009 1:48:41 PM PDT · by aic4ever · 8 replies · 451+ views
    Organized Exploitations ^ | 07-14-2009 | Paul Kroenke
    The City of Chicago lists that it currently has installed 141 Red Light Cameras. Spurred by the revenue generated by these cameras, several different suburbs have been installing them as well. Both the City of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs have expounded that these cameras are installed for the purpose of safety. Those of us that have been burned by the City over the past few years would certainly beg to differ, as the ticketing policy absolutely reeks of a revenue generation scam.
  • Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps [DC angry about lost $]

    07/07/2009 10:00:19 AM PDT · by · 110 replies · 4,594+ views
    Area drivers looking to outwit police speed traps and traffic 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." The new technology streams to i-Phones and global positioning system devices, sounding off...
  • 'Three's Company' Star Arrested

    07/07/2009 9:46:10 AM PDT · by Abathar · 76 replies · 3,775+ views
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- An actress who starred on the hit television series "Three's Company" has been arrested in Southern California and cited for drunken driving. Police said Joyce DeWitt, who played the character Janet Wood on the popular show, was pulled over Saturday afternoon after she drove past a barricade near a park in El Segundo. Sgt. Danny Kim says an officer arrested the 60-year-old DeWitt after he observed signs she had been drinking and gave her field sobriety tests. Kim says DeWitt was booked at the Police Department, cited and released on her own recognizance.

    06/16/2009 12:43:47 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 58 replies · 3,332+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 6.13.2009 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s start of the war on drugs, and it now appears that drugs have won.
  • Ohioans ticketed for parking in own driveways

    06/16/2009 10:05:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 89 replies · 3,256+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/09 | AP
    TOLEDO, Ohio – Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are complaining that they received $25 tickets for parking their vehicles in their own driveways. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (FINK'-by-ner) says he stands by the citations handed out last week by the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. He says the tickets were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways.
  • Man who cursed about cats acquitted

    06/05/2009 7:17:05 AM PDT · by DemonDeac · 208 replies · 3,172+ views
    "TEXAS CITY — A man who used a four-letter word to describe to his neighbors how their cat left feces in his yard was acquitted Tuesday of a disorderly conduct citation." "“A little piece of America died today when a jury of six says it’s OK to curse in front of a 13-year-old when asked not to,” Rainey said. " "“It’s a sad day for morality, that this type of behavior is condoned,” Rainey said." "Loflin was at least the third person cited for cursing in public in the last 12 months in Galveston County."
  • Farmington officials nix red-light cameras ( NM )

    05/13/2009 12:21:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 583+ views
    Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 05/13/2009 | Kayla Anderson,
    On a vote that was so close that Farmington Mayor William Standley had to cast the tie breaker, officials of the Four Corners community rejected installing red-light cameras ... There are three municipalities in the state that use or are planning to use red-light cameras to enforce traffic laws: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe.
  • Farmington attorney challenges red-light cameras ( NM )

    05/12/2009 10:17:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,607+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05/11/2009
    Farmington attorney who opposes red-light cameras in Farmington is fighting two tickets he received after his cars were caught on camera zipping through Albuquerque intersections. He contends Albuquerque’s ordinance violates state law and the federal constitution. He says he wasn’t driving but purposely hasn’t asked family members who was.
  • Fort Worth Settles Claim That Traffic Stop For Deaf Man Turned Unnecessarily Violent

    04/09/2009 1:07:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 75 replies · 1,511+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 4/9/2009 | WFAA-TV
    The city of Fort Worth has reached a $50,000 settlement with a deaf man who claims his nose was broken during a November 2007 traffic stop as he tried to explain to an officer he could not hear. Fort Worth police Sgt. Pedro Criado said settlement Wednesday did not include any admission of wrongdoing on the city's part. The city also released the police dash camera video of the traffic stop. On Nov. 30, Christopher Ferrell, 43, was pulled over for speeding, police said. Criado said Thursday he did not know where the traffic stop occurred. Ferrell’s attorney said his...
  • Concerned resident aims to form armed militia to patrol Stockton

    04/07/2009 9:26:42 AM PDT · by jerri · 96 replies · 2,795+ views
    Record ^ | April 07, 2009 6:00 AM | By David Siders Record Staff Writer
    STOCKTON - A retired truck driver and Vietnam War veteran said Monday that he is forming an armed militia - mostly men with rifles and armbands, four to a car - to patrol Stockton this summer, when at least 43 police officers are to be laid off.
  • Italy: Red Light Camera Makers Arrested for Fraud

    03/29/2009 5:58:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,208+ views
    the Newspaper ^ | 1/30/2009
    Red light cameras shut down across Italy in massive fraud scandal involving 109 public officials and contractors. Red light cameras are shut down across Italy as the largest ever government investigation into the illegal use of photo enforcement expands. Motorist complaints about being trapped at camera-equipped intersections with short yellow signal durations sparked the inquiry. Criminal charges of forgery and fraud are based on four basic complaints, many of which represent common practices in the United States. First, municipalities are accused of shortening yellow times to boost profit. Second, investigators found that municipal police never reviewed the camera fines. Instead,...
  • Bill Banning Red-Light Cameras Signed into Law

    03/23/2009 10:42:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 1,723+ views
    Jackson Free Press ^ | March 23, 2009
    Among the bills signed into law by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Friday is House Bill 1568, which bans the use of cameras to catch motorists running red lights. Mississippi joins at least eight other states in banning the automated technology, including neighboring Arkansas.
  • More than 60 percent of red-light camera violations tossed out

    09/30/2008 9:02:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 978+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 30, 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
    Denver's red-light cameras were anything but picture perfect in their first month of operation. More than 60 percent of the 2,545 suspected red-light violations caught on camera ...have been tossed out. The reasons vary, but police said that most of the citations were rejected because the "threshold speed" that helps trigger the cameras was set too low, generating hundreds of false readings. "The cameras fired, but the picture clearly showed all of the vehicles in compliance," ... Since then, the threshold speed was reset ... In Denver, police officials expect the city's $838,800 red-light camera system to perform more smoothly...
  • NJ scraps plans to ban genital waxing!

    03/20/2009 2:09:29 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 31 replies · 1,308+ views
    google news/associated press ^ | today | BETH DeFALCO
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is smoothing out differences over a plan to ban bare-it-all bikini waxing. The state is reversing course on the proposal after angry salon owners complained about losing business ahead of swimsuit season.
  • Switzerland: 3000 Bogus Speed Camera Tickets Refunded

    03/23/2009 7:48:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 486+ views
    theNewspaper ^ | 3/23/2009
    Three thousand motorists who were victims of a miscalibrated speed camera in the town of Lausanne, Switzerland were issued full refunds along with a letter of apology ... After innocent motorists began complaining to the local media, police began to look into whether the automated ticketing machine may have malfunctioned. The investigation concluded that a manufacturer's defect had caused a "technical problem" forcing the detected speeds to read high. Despite the false readings, the device had passed all of the standard calibration and approval tests required for issuing citations. Police insisted all other speed cameras in the area were perfectly...
  • Attorney: Red light camera tickets are unconstitutional

    03/22/2009 10:45:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,966+ views
    KMOV ^ | March 17, 2008
    St. Louis, MO- The city installed red light cameras at twenty intersections, and they've taken in nearly $2 million in fines since they were installed last summer. Traffic Law Center where spokesperson Ann Horner says she see flashes from the camera on a daily basis. Horner however says there are no consequences for not paying. She says if you have outstanding parking tickets you cannot renew your plates or driver's license, but there's nothing in place like that if you get a red light ticket. Horner says it's all unconstitutional because there's a presumption of innocence in this country, and...
  • Red light cameras in the Volunteer State: unsafe, unconstitutional, and unnecessary

    03/22/2009 9:34:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 2,138+ views
    Clarksville, TN Online ^ | September 23, 2008 | George Shifflett
    In February 2006, the City of Gallatin unveiled the Automated Camera Enforcement System. The system, known as A.C.E.S., is designed to catch drivers running red lights at intersections. Rather than relying on police officers to perform this function, the cameras automatically trigger when a driver enters an intersection after the light turns red. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Gallatin is not alone. At least nine other communities in Tennessee... Red Light Cameras are sophisticated surveillance systems designed to catch drivers who run red lights. Though the majority of the systems in Tennessee focus on red light runners,...
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Strikes Down Red Light Cameras

    03/22/2009 9:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 1,861+ views
    the Newspaper ^ | 4/5/2007
    The Minnesota Supreme Court delivers a unanimous decision striking down the legality of red light cameras. The supreme court found that Minneapolis had disregarded a state law imposing uniformity of traffic laws across the state. The city's photo ticket program offered the accused fewer due process protections than available to motorists prosecuted for the same offense in the conventional way after having been pulled over by a policeman. The court argued that Minneapolis had, in effect, created a new type of crime: "owner liability for red-light violations where the owner neither required nor knowingly permitted the violation." The court also...
  • ( Maryland ) Local Residents Win Automated Traffic Camera Fight

    03/22/2009 7:58:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies · 1,891+ views
    NewsChannel 8 ^ | 03/20/09
    drivers are celebrating after they fought their automated tickets for running red lights and won. This week, a Prince George's County judge threw out more than a dozen red-light tickets taken by a camera on Annapolis Road because the drivers never actually drove through the intersection. Now, transportation officials are demanding the cameras be removed. mobile red light cameras do not comply with federal and state standards. "This program is illegal, it is illicit and it is illegitimate because it's charging people for running red lights they have not run," Townsend said. Last June when the controversial cameras first went...
  • Driver: 'I Have Lost my Nose'

    03/17/2009 3:14:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 690+ views
    nwf Daily News ^ | March 11, 2009 | Wendy Victora
    A woman involved in a three-car motor vehicle accident March 3 was suspected of driving under the influence after she told the officer that she wasn't sure how her car got damaged. "I think I might have hit something," said the 55-year-old woman. At one point, she gazed off into the street for about 10 minutes before finding the documents the officer had requested, according to the Crestview Police Department incident report. When asked if she had any physical or mental disablities that might have contributed to the crash, she said she did not. Then she listed four medications she...
  • Convicted moonshiner "Popcorn" Sutton dead of apparent suicide

    03/17/2009 10:11:31 AM PDT · by neal1960 · 27 replies · 1,521+ views
    WATE TV6 ^ | 03/17/2009 | WATE
    PARROTSVILLE (WATE) -- Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, who gained fame and notoriety as a moonshiner, died Monday in Cocke County, sheriff's deputies said. According to a Cocke County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, it appeared that Sutton, 61, took his own life in his Parrotsville home.
  • Red-light cameras raise some red flags

    03/15/2009 12:35:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 2,260+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March. 13, 2009
    CLIVE, Iowa - Minutes after Neel Manglik illegally turned right on a red light in the Des Moines suburb of Clive, a video popped up on a computer at an office park outside Scottsdale, Ariz. The $75 citation arrived in the mail weeks later, making Manglik one of the millions of Americans ticketed as part of a growing industry that is making handsome profits for companies that operate video cameras at busy intersections throughout the nation. As more cities sign up and others invest their profits into more cameras, those companies expect increased revenue for years to come. What's less...
  • Georgia: Red Light Cameras Struggle in Face of Longer Yellow

    03/11/2009 8:20:07 AM PDT · by Ken H · 83 replies · 3,023+ views
    the ^ | 03/11/2009 | n/a
    Lilburn, Georgia suspends red light camera program after extended yellow time cut violations by 80 percent. On January 1, a new Georgia law kicked in forcing a one-second increase in the duration of the yellow warning light at intersections with red light cameras. The result has been devastating for red light camera makers as violations -- and revenue -- immediately plunged for the months of January, February and March. Last week, the city of Norcross dumped photo enforcement. Now the UK-owned red light camera maker Lasercraft is offering its customers a 90-day suspension of service to prevent cities from dropping...
  • Looking for a prostitute? Bill would allow police to seize your car

    02/23/2009 1:47:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 90 replies · 2,304+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 23, 2009 | Jennifer Sullivan
    The Legislature is debating bills that would allow police to impound the cars of people arrested on prostitution-related charges.
  • KC’s red-light cameras become operational starting Saturday

    02/18/2009 9:26:29 AM PST · by MissouriConservative · 46 replies · 1,053+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 18, 2009 | Tony Rizzo
    Kansas City is about to put the pedal to the metal on its first red-light camera. Beginning Saturday, red-light runners at 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway can expect to receive a letter in the mail with instructions on where they can send their $100 fine plus $13.50 in court costs. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. *****SNIP***** Sensors in the road are linked to the cameras, which capture still and video images. One photograph captures a vehicle as it nears the intersection after the light has turned red. The system tells the monitoring officer which lane the vehicle is traveling...
  • Virginia: Proposal Eliminates Safety Check on Red Light Cameras

    01/21/2009 7:21:39 AM PST · by Aglooka · 7 replies · 1,026+ views
    The News Paper ^ | 1/20/2009 |
    A bill introduced last week in the General Assembly quietly seeks to eliminate a significant motorist protection built into Virginia's existing red light camera law. The proposal of a pair of Democratic state delegates representing Virginia Beach, Joseph F. Bouchard and Robert W. Mathieson, would delete just three words from that statute, but the change would have wide-ranging effects. Under current law, cities that want to install traffic cameras must first submit a detailed engineering justification to state transportation experts. "A locality shall submit a list of intersections to the Virginia Department of Transportation for final approval," Virginia Code Section...
  • City eyes breath tests for bar employees (particularly dumb nanny state action)

    01/20/2009 10:19:47 AM PST · by gondramB · 26 replies · 733+ views
    Daily Iowan ^ | January 19, 2009
    A proposed new ordinance that would allow Iowa City police to breath-test wait staff and entertainers at bars and restaurants could put bar owners at risk for fines and lost liquor licenses.... In the proposal, an employee could be fined the $500 maximum for having a blood-alcohol concentration of .02 or higher. "It's probably going to pass," Councilor Mike O'Donnell said. "The thought is that if you're not intoxicated, you can be more accurate when checking IDs and keeping people safe in the bar."
  • NH Republicans Want Red Light Cameras

    01/14/2009 8:05:51 AM PST · by Aglooka · 40 replies · 979+ views
    NH State Government Website ^ | 1/14/2008 | Aglooka
    Two New Hampshire GOP House members have added their names to a Legislative Service Requestion seeking to introduce a bill allowing red light cameras in the Granite State. House members Ken Hawkins (R-Bedford) and John A Graham (R-Bedford) have joined NH State Senator Sheila Roberge (R-Bedford) in sponsoring LSR 2009-S-0874-R, titled "authorizing the electronic enforcement of traffic signal violations." Red light cameras snap a digital photo of vehicles caught inside the intersection when the the signal changes from yellow to red, not just those entering the intersection after the signal changes to red. With no video to contest the situation...
  • Study: Traffic Ticketing Rises in Slump

    01/12/2009 10:15:05 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 16 replies · 946+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jan. 11, 2009 | Steve Harrison
    The economy is in the toilet. So do yourself a favor and ease up on the accelerator. That's the indirect message of a recent study by two economists, who found that when government revenues dry up, police write more speeding tickets. After analyzing 14 years of data in North Carolina, the pair found that for every 1 percent drop in government revenue, the number of traffic tickets issued per capita increases by 30 percent the following year. “It's significant,” said University of Arkansas-Little Rock economics professor Gary Wagner, who co-authored Red Ink in the Rearview Mirror: Local Fiscal Conditions and...
  • Do Denver red-light cameras deter violations?

    01/05/2009 7:55:20 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 1,210+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 4, 2009 | Kevin Flynn
    Denver has failed to enforce its red-light camera contract, collecting the $75 fines but not collecting the data necessary to determine whether the program actually is reducing red-light running. More than 11,200 tickets were mailed out through November. Denver police officials in charge of the program refused to be interviewed by the Rocky about the problems; Redflex failed to respond to several interview requests and written questions. After stories in the Rocky last spring disclosed that Denver uses the legal minimum three seconds of yellow, despite an engineering formula calling for more, the city agreed to add time at all...
  • Houston Red Light Camera Report Undermines TxDOT Camera Study

    12/31/2008 11:15:45 AM PST · by Ken H · 41 replies · 1,656+ views ^ | 12/31/2008 | n/a
    Study finds accidents doubled at Houston, Texas red light camera intersections undermining the conclusions of a statewide report. Accidents more than doubled at the Houston, Texas intersections where red light cameras are installed, according to a study released Monday by Rice University and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). This result posed a dilemma for TTI and the city of Houston which had requested the study. Houston Mayor Bill White was furious when he saw the report's draft text in August. He banned the document from publication and ordered a re-writing of the text that would reflect a more positive result....
  • Local teens claim pranks on county's Speed Cams

    12/22/2008 6:18:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 92 replies · 3,459+ views ^ | 12/20/2008 | By Joe Slaninka
    As a prank, students from local high schools have been taking advantage of the county's Speed Camera Program in order to exact revenge on people who they believe have wronged them in the past, including other students and even teachers. Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera "Pimping" game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools. Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license...
  • Fake Simpsons cartoon 'is porn'

    12/08/2008 7:49:24 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,650+ views
    bbc ^ | Monday, 8 December 2008
    An appeal judge in Australia has ruled that an animation depicting well-known cartoon characters engaging in sexual acts is child pornography. The internet cartoon featured characters from the Simpsons TV series. The central issue in the case was whether a cartoon character could depict a real person. Judge Michael Adams decided that it could, and found a man from Sydney guilty of possessing child pornography on his computer.