Police are coming forward with complaints regarding automated ticketing and how such systems are contributing to slower emergency response times, 12 News is reporting:
[Department policy] allows officers to drive 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. If they go faster and are snapped by a photo enforcement camera they could be cited, “It’s unrealistic to stay within 15 miles per hour of the speed limit when responding to emergency (call)”, said [Officer] Tardy. If a camera catches an officer speeding a notice will be sent to the police department.
“…The policy is leading to failure on officers to provide service,” said PLEA President Mark Spencer. According to Spencer some officers are now going slower when they respond to 911 calls.
CameraFRAUD has learned that almost all police departments and other first-response agencies are sent automated ticketing citations, even when the picture clearly shows the vehicle using emergency lights. This situation is common at so-called “red light” intersections, where ambulances, fire trucks, and marked police vehicles regularly run lights and are duly authorized to do so as specified in statute.
Two officers told CameraFRAUD late last year that unless they call dispatch to disclose of their [photo enforcement] location activation, date, time, and reason for response, that the “notice of violation” mailed to the department could become the officer’s “personal problem”— and financial liability.
DPS is conveniently exempt from their own automated tickets generated by the Redflex freeway cameras.