California Courts Protect Red Light Camera Collection Agency

California Court of Appeal rules that this is the wrong plaintiff and wrong lawyer to challenge red light camera collection tactics.

California’s second highest court on Thursday blocked a class action lawsuit against a red light camera collection agency. Motorist Richard Howard had filed suit against GC Services after he received notices falsely claiming that he owed $680 to the Los Angeles County Superior Court over an unpaid red light camera citation. The state Court of Appeal refused to allow his claim to be heard by a jury because this was the wrong person, with the wrong lawyer, to bring the case as a class action.

When Howard received a collection letter on July 12, 2010, he was confused as he had never received any photo ticket in the mail. Howard lives six hours away from Los Angeles in Concord, and he had not driven that far south since 1999. The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) knew nothing about the citation.

Howard’s suit argues that the collections letter was filled with fraudulent claims, including the false statement that the county court would garnish his wages if he failed to pay up immediately. In Los Angeles County, the court actually refused to enforce photo tickets, which led to the city dropping its camera program entirely. The collection letters were sent to as many as 22,000 motorists.

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Justin Bieber nailed by cops for speeding

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … speed was a factor, but Justin was cited for unsafe passing on the right. JB was also given an equipment violation for window tint.

Justin Bieber’s passion for fast cars got the best of him Saturday night, when he got stopped by a Beverly Hills cop … and plenty of reinforcements.

Witnesses tell TMZ, Justin was going well over the 25 MPH speed limit in his new Ferrari when he was spotted on a residential street in Bev Hills.

After the stop, 3 other squad cars rolled up.  It’s unclear why.  We’re told Justin got a speeding ticket and went on his way.

He did not ask the cops, “What do you mean?”  They were clear.

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Redlands Police cite 10 for failure to yield during crosswalk enforcement

Highland Community News

Four police officers conducted the crosswalk detail Thursday, Aug. 20, at three intersections – Cajon and Vine streets; Redlands Boulevard between State and Fifth streets; and Olive Avenue between Cajon and Grant streets. Drivers were cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk. Two bicycle riders were also cited for traffic violations.

Additional crosswalk enforcement efforts are planned in the coming months. Funding for the enforcement efforts came from a $155,410 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, accepted by the City Council in September 2014. The grant covers traffic safety, enforcement and education activities.

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Little known, sometimes amusing traffic laws

Judge Tim Dickerson, Sierra Vista Herald

It may be informative, perhaps even surprising or amusing, to review some new, little known, or often ignored traffic laws.

In the category of little known laws, the driver of a vehicle exiting from an alley or private driveway, such as from a business along Fry Boulevard or a driveway in a residential area, must stop the vehicle immediately before driving onto the sidewalk or sidewalk area. The driver must also yield the right of way to pedestrians and approaching vehicles.

It is no longer a new law, but if a driver approaches a stationary vehicle which is displaying alternately flashing lights or warning lights, on a roadway with at least two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle, the driver must change lanes away from the stationary vehicle if it is safe to do so. If the driver cannot safely change lanes, he or she must proceed with caution and reduce their speed, while maintaining a safe speed for road conditions.

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Opening of Newport Beach, CA, Office To Serve Upcoming California Traffic Ticket Amnesty

PR Rocket

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) August 18, 2015

On June 24, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a one-time sweeping Traffic Ticket Amnesty for the entire State of California. announces the opening of a Newport Beach (Orange County), CA,Office to assist Driver’s in qualifying for the upcoming Traffic Ticket Amnesty.

Beginning October 1, 2015, and expiring March 31, 2017, qualifying driver’s may have their past due traffic fines reduced by up to 80% and have their Driver’s License status reinstated to valid. Full guidelines for this California Traffic Ticket Amnesty effecting Failure to Appear and Failure to Paytickets may be found on the Superior Court’s website.

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Back To School: Police Targeting School Zones for Safety


News from the Petaluma PD:

The City of Petaluma Police Department and the Traffic Engineering Department will be conducting the “Safe Routes to School Traffic Safety Operation” during the first week of the 2015/2016 school year beginning Tuesday, August 18, 2015 for the Waugh School District and St. Vincent Elementary.

All other Petaluma City Schools and St. Vincent DePaul campuses start on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. The operation will deploy additional police officers, community service officers, and volunteers in and around school zones within the City of Petaluma.

The purpose of this operation is to increase the level of traffic safety in and around the school zones through maximum traffic enforcement of hazardous traffic violations and through an aggressive education campaign to educate students and parents of the importance of traffic safety.

This is the 18th year of the Safe Routes to School operation, which creates safe routes for everyone to get to and from school.

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It’s perfectly legal to use the map on your phone while driving

This ruling on cell phone GPS was handed down in February of 2014:

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. The driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged the $165 fine.

Like I said – it was handed down at the beginning of last year, but cops are still handing out tickets to people looking at the map on their phones. We get members every day who need to defend themselves against this bogus ticket.  RESIST.

Columbus riased red light camera fees to pay for more police cars

Another nail in Redflex’s coffin. Or, at least, it should be. We shall see.

10 Investigates gets new documents showing profit drive of red light camera company

Lobbyist under FBI bribery investigation more involved than previously known

Columbus fought for additional ticket profit to buy more police cars.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State lawmakers effectively banned Red light cameras this year. They believed the cameras were about making money for cities and companies through fines. Columbus city leaders including Mayor Michael Coleman and Council President Andrew Ginther defended the red light cameras for saving lives. Documents obtained by 10 Investigates show how there was a lot of focus on money.

When attempting to convince Columbus not to switch vendors in 2009, Redflex said the risk of dumping them was a “huge opportunity cost for (the) city to risk upsetting a well-run and profitable program.”

The city also fought to keep their share of the fine money high, saying they needed it to buy patrol cars and fund programs.

These people are the worst.



It’s the thought that counts

Don’t make fun of me for seeing this in Woman’s Day. It comes by way of a Google News Alert. Sheesh, you people.

Nobody wants to receive a speeding ticket, but Reddit user CapnHammered managed to turn the experience into a very cute, instantly viral moment.

The driver was ordered to pay a fine after driving 35mph in a 30mph zone in Lincolnshire in England. (He lives near Birmingham, but he was visiting his girlfriend in the area.) Since letter writing is such a lost art these days, he didn’t have many envelope options to send in the fine.

What did he end up using? A colorful Disney envelope with the characters of Bambi and Thumper on it. Aww! To go along with the cute theme, he made sure his penmanship was equally sweet, and he drew hearts on top of each letter i. Nice touch!