Toss Your Red Light Camera Ticket

The Washington Times has exposed the dirty little secret of the red light camera industry in Virginia. Mailed tickets can be ignored.

As The Washington Times reported four years ago, state law says a private company may not simply drop a ticket in a mailbox and expect it to be considered valid service. Unless a driver receives a hand-delivered copy, the citation can be thrown away without consequence. Depriving Alexandria and its revenue-collecting partner of cash is the surest way to ensure this unsafe program disappears for good.

The Times, of course, recommends this drastic course of action for a good reason. Accidents skyrocketed in Washington, DC and Virginia wherever the cameras have been used. In 2005, The Washington Post proved that accidents doubled at monitored intersections in the District. In 2007, VDOT proved injuries and overall accidents likewise increased in the Commonwealth as a whole, and Alexandria in particular.

The Times further nails the city for trying to pull another yellow light scam. A camera on South Patrick & Gibbon has a 4 second yellow, but just one block later at South Patrick & Franklin the yellow is just 3.5 seconds. Same road, same speed limit, but with the shortened yellow you’re much more likely to be zapped by the camera at Franklin. Given these facts, it’s obviously all about the money for Alexandria, not safety.

Read the whole “Toss Your Ticket” editorial here.

Given these facts, it’s obviously all about the money for Alexandria, not safety.

8 Responses to Toss Your Red Light Camera Ticket

  1. […] July 28, 2009 · Leave a Comment Apparently Alexandra VA is making another stab at speed camera revenue enhancement (hat tip to DC Camera Fraud): […]

  2. Matt says:

    Yes, BUT, they will send you to debt collection.
    So . . . what’s your answer to that?

  3. Mike says:

    What’s the answer to debt collection?
    It’s not a valid debt without valid service. Valid service = hand delivery of ticket.

    If they send you to collection without establishing valid service and they continue to try to collect the debt after you dispute it, not only should you win the dispute, but you may have a claim for violation(s) of the fair debt collection act.

  4. victory for safety says:

    maybe one of these days you guys will find a cause that the people feel the need to fight for !!!! this?……… not it!! and it shows!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing such nice post.

  6. jcase says:

    if ppl wouldn’t follow to close behind the other, try to speed through the red light or would just drive instead of talking and texting, this wouldn’t even be an issue. DUH!

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