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Old 11-07-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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Post Cameras used to catch traffic violators in Marshall TX

Marshall Police recorded thousands of prosecutable violations and say that breaks down to more than 100 flashes per day for people running red lights. Each citation cost $75. The money is used to cover the operating cost of the cameras. That way, it doesn't cost tax payers anything.

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Old 11-07-2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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I guess drivers aren't taxpayers? I'm all for obeying traffic laws, but that just sounds a little Orwellian to me.... a little too efficient..

Why not just equip government GPS systems in all cars to detect speed limits and traffic signals and report citations automatically to a central cash register...err... I mean server back at headquarters?
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:41 PM   #3
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They had those here in NC. Used to monitor both traffic lights and speed - and give out tickets for violations for both.

I got caught once that way just missing the yellow light. So got the "ticket" in the mail with the bill and a photo of the car (with plates) with the details of the violation outlined. I couldn't even remember being on that street and thought it was my wife at first

Anyway, something happened and the cameras were shut down because of a loophole...

North Carolina Law has it that ninety percent of the fine revenue collected by automated enforcement systems must be handed over to the school system. Instead of making money as hoped, the cities using cameras would lose at least $30 for every $50 citation issued. Several cities dropped their ticketing programs as financial prospects began to look bleak.


There's a story of a fellow who got one of these photo tickets. So he took a photo of some money and mailed that in. A week or so later he got another mail that contained a photo of a pair of handcuffs. So he paid the bill.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:00 PM   #4
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Wow this is kinda freaky! Big brother is watching again!
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I thought the Texas SC declared those against the state constitution earlier this year?
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hey joe. You got a link for that?
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