Emergency Vehicles & Red Light Cameras . . .
Posted 20 August 2007 - 03:33 PM
Here's something I never considered before and the following piece makes the point. Basically it concerns the thinking that people would be afraid to move into an intersection, in order to yield to an emergency vehicle, where a red light camera is installed.
I don't think it would be too hard to correlate the time the emergency vehicle passed through the intersection to the time the ticket was issued, but a motorist's first thought would be to avoid the automatic $341 ticket (here in California.) So that doesn't solve the initial problem.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 04:43 PM
I'm sure there are ways to get around this. Don't the cameras take a picture of the entire lanes of traffic?
Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:53 PM
Here's a Q&A from a California law website FAQ:
Question: What if I had to run the signal, because of a tailgater, road-rager, sirens, medical emergency, etc.?
Answer: This is a legitimate defense, but doesn't work very often. A lot of people tell the judge that there was a siren behind them. Because they have heard it so much, the judges won't take anyone's word for it. <<
It goes on to say you'd need a copy of the agencies' run report and a third party eye witness to have a hope.
>>Don't the cameras take a picture of the entire lanes of traffic?<<
I'm not sure, but I doubt if the emergency vehicle would show if was several car lengths (or further) behind you.
This is clearly a case of the law working against itself.
Posted 20 August 2007 - 08:18 PM
I guess that you could request a trial by jury which we are all allowed even with a traffic ticket.
Get enough sympathetic jurors you might just beat it.
Posted 20 August 2007 - 09:35 PM
I am not quite sure I like the whole road cam thing.
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