The biggest weaknesses of photo enforcement (PE) is the inability to identify with any certainty who is committing the alleged crime together with the reliance on un-monitored, highly sensitive equipment that is exposed to the elements 24/7, as well as the reliance on complicated and elaborate processing systems for handling mass amounts of alleged violations. In addition to that, the IIHS claims that the driver of a car is the registered owner only 72% of the time. This means that on average, the wrong person is cited in more than 1 in 4 tickets! More than 25% of the recipients of photo tickets are falsely identified!
So if the purpose of PE is safety, supposed to be safety then what is the point of sending tickets to people who didn’t do anything wrong? The only possible answer is more revenue. Redflex knows that many people will simply pay the ticket to get rid of it – it’s simply not worth the hassle and effort of fighting. The only cost of sending a ticket to the wrong person is the cost of postage, so why not?
That leaves the rest of the public wondering what happened to pride in law enforcement? It used to be that police would pride themselves in finding the correct law breakers, and would be ashamed if they incorrectly identified perpetrators. Sadly, the answer is that revenue is now more important than avoiding false and erroneous accusations.
We’ve compiled a brief compendium of how photo enforcement and the “justice” system has become an unacceptable burden upon the innocent and falsely accused:
- License suspended even though woman wasn’t served ticket
- Nearly 600 Scottsdale photo tickets tossed due to glitch
- Man: License Taken Years After [Photo] Ticket
- PV to reimburse 1,000 cited by traffic camera
- AZ Speed Camera Program Harasses Wyoming Couple
- Arizona Official Confirms Redflex Falsified Speed Camera Documents
- Teenager gets speeding ticket… while her car was parked outside her house and she was asleep in bed
- Motorist beats 98mph speeding charge – by buying back his car and proving it can only manage a top speed of 85mph
- Meet Silver Spring’s Would-Be ‘Speed Demons’
- Parked Truck Receives 45 Automated Speeding Tickets
- Heath (Ohio) speed cameras issuing false triggers on motorcycles
- Cameras Record Incorrect Speeds
That’s only 12 examples of failures of equipment OR the photo enforcement processing system. There are LOTS MORE out there, and rest assured, there are MANY MORE that don’t make the news. Americans should be ALARMED and DISGUSTED that we have allowed our government to implement highly flawed and error-prone system like this that prey on the innocent. How many INNOCENT people have had to unnecessarily lose time, money, and effort fighting erroneous tickets, paying legal fees, and trying to get their records straightened out? As a country that was founded and prides itself on making sure the innocent aren’t falsely accused, photo enforcement should offend ALL Americans.