Speeding cameras a license for abuse
Jun 20, 2012 | 392 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Here's my story about police cameras.

I rented a car from Alamo once and was driving in the L.A. area of California. Six months after I'd rented the car, I got a bill in the mail from Alamo for $615; $600 for allegedly running a red light turning left, and $15 administration fee.

It said I had a Utah license (I don't). I called up Alamo and they apologized for their mistake and gave me my $15 administrative fee back. Not so Culver City, the jurisdiction where the red light is. They said I had to go to court, the only way to get out from paying the ticket. (The ticket had gone to my license of record that I used to rent the car.)

Of course I could just not pay it, but then your license gets suspended and that's worse. So I had to pay a lawyer $150 long distance to represent me, and it's a kangaroo court there (like getting a parking ticket in New York City).

Even to go to court you have to prepay the ticket since they call it "bail." So I complained to the Culver City council and mayor and got a lot of sympathy, but nothing else since they say they can't override the courts. The only way out was to pay. Bankrupt California towns are desperate.

Believe me, we don't want speeding cameras here in New York City. It's a license for abuse. Put up speed bumps instead if you want to slow people down. Much better.

Sincerely,

Brian Gately

Brooklyn

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