One of the nearby cities to me, Oldsmar, FL, is smack dab in the middle of these shenanigans, and it's comical what's being done about it. Instead of using the small side road where the camera is located, people are cutting through the neighboring mall parking lot to get where they have to go. Traffic in the mall has gone up tenfold while the number of tickets they've issued from this particular camera have plummeted. They used this intersection, which happens to be right next to a mobile home park (read: elderly), as a test case to shorten the light cycles, and now the city is facing lawsuits from people being issued tickets for modifying their yellow light timers below the state required minimum.
Red light cameras are a bane and completely counter to the idea of "facing your accuser." I can't subpoena a camera to a court proceeding.
rarestia ~:” Red light cameras are a bane and completely counter to the idea of “facing your accuser.” I can’t subpoena a camera to a court proceeding. “
Oh yes you can demand to face your accuser; as well as the technician who processess the photo.
That right is already guarenteed
Of course , the State will oppose the request due to the expense
None the less, you have the right to confront your accuser - even if it is an inannimate object !
If enough people did this, rather than just roll-over and pay the ticket ,
there would be fewer camera lights in Florida !
#1)Just demand to have them take the camera down from the pole, so that you can check the mechanism and the timeing,
#2)demand the technician who calibrated the camera to come in to give testimony in the presence of the camera , as to its reliability.
#3) have someone who has paid expierience as a timer to be available to conduct tests ( H.S. track coach, NCAA, etc.)
To save expense , the State will decline to do it , due to expense
Which is more important , your civil rights or a camera ?
Also , since the camera people already receive money from the State, their impartiality can be questioned.
Also , but cutting the timeing of the camera shot by shortening the yellow light by 1/2 second ,
they are in violation fo Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) guidlines for traffic lights.