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Old 02-25-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Speed, Red Light, and White Line Cameras

For those of you who are full-timng, could you give me your experience with tickets in the mail for Speed Cameras, Red Light Cameras, short yellow lights, and tickets for breaking the white line of pedestrian's crosswalks while traveling?

Our intention was to request our mail only when we expected mail. With these new money-making machines, it looks like it will be a good idea to request our mail once a month.

Now, we are in the Washington, DC Metro area, cameras are at most all major and minor intersections, roadways, and many crosswalks.

This could potentially create a new column in any budget.
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I use a Garmin GPS in my truck at work and it beeps and flashes on the screen when there is a red light camera in the next intersection coming up. Kind of cool, it kind of surprised me the first time I seen it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #3
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Well, I drive very, very conservatively while towing and in 7 years and 50,000 miles, I haven't gotten a "gotcha" letter yet.

But, I do get my mail every 3 weeks or so because my home county loves me and the bride enough to invite us to jury duty on a very regular basis. They are kind enough to excuse us when we explain our whereabouts but to get excused you have to respond to the summons pdq.

Also got a nasty-gram from the IRS that was time sensitive. Turned out to be no big deal but those folks do enjoy a prompt reply.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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In Arizona they can send you a letter telling you to pay up, but it is not enforceable unless they serve you in person. If you are full timing, good luck with that.

There were many camera along the freeways here, but many people never bothered to pay the fines and the state never went after them. The cameras were supposed to generate a lot of money, but in the end they did not and were shut down.

Laws in your area may be different...
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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I will take getting my mail more seriously on a regular basis.

In 2011, the District of Columbia took in $55 Million on speed and red light cameras. To increase revenues, the new tactics in this area are mobile speed cameras and and white line cameras at intersections.

Thank God we leave this area at the end of March.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:34 PM   #6
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I received a ticket in the mail while working in Canada. It had a picture of a car and the ticket. Along with how much to pay. So I laid that amount of money on the table. Took a picture of it. Sent the picture and ticket back to them. Never heard another word from them.
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Big Brother is indeed watching, it just took a bit longer than Orwell thought it would.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:48 PM   #8
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Washington, DC huh? We were there last fall, apparently tripped a speed camera, although I am very careful on speed limits. Never got the "first" letter, but did get the second one which had $125 fine, then doubled for not responding to the so-called "first" letter, $250 total.

I sent two checks $125 each (to avoid another late fee) and asked for reconsideration because their free portrait of the back of my truck showed brake lights applied approaching the 25 mph speed limit sign. They cashed both checks of course and never replied back.

What an absolutely crooked operation that produces tens of millions of dollars, so you can bet they will keep it, and others will continue to expand these wretched operations.

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In the UK these cameras have been a way of life for some years now. First the GATSOs, simple speeding cameras, then stop light cameras, then average speed cameras and now video surveillance. I never did get caught but then I was pretty careful not to; I hope most of you are as lucky.

I'm sending out my sympathy to my US neighbours, especially as these cameras haven't really caught on here in Ontario yet. Give it time, though...
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Never got the "first" letter, but did get the second one which had $125 fine, then doubled for not responding to the so-called "first" letter, $250 total.

What an absolutely crooked operation that produces tens of millions of dollars, so you can bet they will keep it, and others will continue to expand these wretched operations. doug k
I’ve experienced the same thing here in Texas... strange, I ALWAYS get the second letter informing me that the fine has been doubled but never the first one telling me ‘ve been fined.... imagine that.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:43 AM   #11
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This business is so profitable here, all you hear now is how each jurisdiction
has plans to increase their operations. They can even project how much money they
will make, but you never hear how the money is to be spent.

At least, we still have the open road, for now.
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....interesting. They have pulled these things from where I live. There was a lot of bad feelings with the revenue share....the company that installed/operated these things was making a fortune. And, the question then became more about, "are these devices there to make our intersections safer, or as a way to grab $ from unsuspecting folks." After they were removed I don't believe there was an increase in accidents. There ARE too many idiots who don't understand what a yellow light means. If you're entering the intersection when it turns yellow, OK....otherwise you need to STOP.
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BAB, what is an "average speed camera" have not heard that term. I got caught on a toll road north of Austin, TX last summer without the radio frequency toll transponder. I have NY plates, expected a toll fine in the mail but have not received it ... yet.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #14
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All of these cameras are civil penality only. If you get caught and pay the ticket nothing goes on your driving record because there was no officer that witnessed the incident. However if you decide to go to court and fight it and lose then it will go on your record if you lose. If you just decide not to pay the ticket they can't do anything to you regarding your license. The only thing they can do is report it on your credt and there are states that are trying to make it so they can't even do that. I live in TN. and they are trying to pass that now.
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