After a high profile arrest and making a big deal about a ‘serial speeder’ case in which a Peoria man was alleged to have been caught by a speed camera 55 times (12 of which were criminal), the state has silently dropped the charges and refuses to pursue the case to trial, as 3TV reports.
Featured in the video news story is local attorney Michael Kielsky, who specializes in defense of photo enforcement tickets.
Unlike in civil court where most photo tickets are heard, with the criminal charges the defendant is allowed to pursue full legal discovery for any facts, information, and witness testimony that may pertain to the case. It seems that the state and/or camera operator Redflex did not want to risk divulging critical evidence that would become public record, and/or more likely, the state did not want to risk establishing a legal precedence that could be cited and used as a defense for others fighting photo tickets should the state lose. How else can we explain the state’s lack of fortitude in prosecuting to completion someone accused of multiple counts of the same offense? Neither the DPS or County Attorney will comment.
Clearly, the state had intended for the defendant to do what the uninformed do and simply roll over and pay the fines and take the punishment without a fight. But every time a case is brought to a court that seriously challenges the legality of photo enforcement and scrutinizes the evidence provided by an unattended machine operated by an independent third party, the government backs down in order to protect the money making scheme. There is no other logical reason for the state backing down from trial for 55 speeding violations.
In other news, the Winnipeg Free Press is reporting an INCREASE in accidents after installing red light cameras.
Across the pond, the UK Daily Mail presented results of a new study that concludes that cameras did NOT change driver’s behavior.
And finally, the town of Brentwood lowers speed limits in order to install speed cameras to fill city coffers, as reported by the Washington Examiner.