Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: Fight your speeding ticket...
Obeying the law works most of the time, but not always. In a St. Louis suburb about a year ago there were suddenly a bunch of people getting ticketed for running a red light at a cross walk in front of a school. It turned out that the city had gotten the signal company to shorten the yellow light to just a couple of seconds. One cop would stand at the crosswalk and push the button as a car approached. Most people couldn't stop before the light turned red, and there was another cop down the block with his ticket pad ready.
The city hall and police department were quick to point out to a reporter that this was done when no chirren were present to be endangered by the shenanigans.
There have been several cases of the red light photo systems being set with a very short yellow for the same reason.
And right next door in East St. Louis a couple of years ago the city council was talking about ways to increase revenue for the perpetually cash strapped city. One suggestion was to set up more radar traps, but after heated discussion that idea was rejected because it would fall most heavily on the residents, most of whom were too poor to pay the fines.
As long as traffic enforcement is treated as a fund raising game by the authorities I think it's perfectly appropriate for its victims to treat it accordingly.
And let's not hear that old chestnut about it being strictly for safety, and not a money raiser for the locality. Missouri has a law preventing cities from raising more than a certain percentage of their revenue from traffic fines. In case you think that's moot, several St. Louis suburbs have been cited in the past couple of years for violating it.
And why are there so many speeding tickets in proportion to every other possible traffic violation? Maybe because they're so easy to write, and so difficult to beat. If it were a safety issue there would be many more improper lane useage, following too close, failure to signal, failure to yield, and on and on.