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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Council April Federal Highway Administration. As a practical matter, however, when someone borrows a car and parks it illegally, they receive the ticket upon returning to the car, and can pay the fine or otherwise take responsibility.
Unlike with red light camera enforcement, there is no delay between the infraction and the citation and there is no confusion about responsibility; rather, the contemporaneous citation allows the driver to assess whether the citation was appropriate and articulate a defense.
Contrary to popular belief, the major concern about red light cameras and privacy is not about cameras taking pictures of license plates, assuming that they do not also take pictures of the drivers.
Rather, it has to do with the storage by a government entity of data regarding a driver's whereabouts, whether or not the driver was issued a citation a citation is not automatically issued simply because a photograph is taken , and whether or not those citations are successfully appealed. Such data which includes the date and time of a particular vehicle passing a particular location should be inaccessible to anyone for any purpose other than issuing a citation including for other law enforcement purposes or via discovery in civil proceedings , and it should be destroyed as soon as possible.
There is a correlation between the number of red light cameras installed nationwide and a decrease in fatalities from red light crashes. Red light cameras increase the likelihood of rear-end crashes. While the number of crashes caused by people running red lights has gone down, there is evidence that rear-end crashes have gone up. This is due to people stopping abruptly to avoid getting a ticket from a red light camera.
Red light cameras generate income. There are many different ways the money is distributed from citations. This amount is divided among the state treasury, the local jurisdiction, and the camera vendor. Many red light camera opponents argue that a private company profiting from citations goes against the public interest.
Many studies claim most people support red light cameras. It found that two-thirds of people supported the use of red light cameras, with 42 percent strongly supporting their use. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Although a recent report by Madsen and Baxandall, , noted that such practices are less common, contracts may still link revenue to citations through a predetermined proportion of revenue; a variable proportion of revenues based on timeliness of fine collection, quotas, and volume-based payments; and surcharges from fine alternatives, such as traffic school.
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