State Senate gives snitch tickets a facelift
Original post made on Jun 4, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 4, 2012, 10:59 AM
on Jun 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm
It's good that this article about Simitian's SB 1303 mentions the Snitch Ticket - because most people don't know that there is such a thing. But the article's info needs clarification. A Snitch Ticket is a fake ticket that has not been filed at court. Thus, there is no need to reply to or "challenge" a Snitch Ticket in any way. You just ignore them. (Currently, Snitch Tickets can be recognized by the absence of the address of any court, and many of them will say, in fine print on the back, "Do not contact the court about this notice." If you want to know more about Snitch Tickets, Google the term.)
The article also briefly mentions dueling court rulings about the admissibility of evidence. Simitian's bill now addresses this issue, but in a way very adverse to motorists: Last Tuesday, just before the deadline, Joe amended the bill to add a "hearsay is OK" section, which relieves red light camera companies of their most significant legal liability (defendants' hearsay objections) and saves them the expense of having to fight the two red light camera cases that just got accepted at the Cal. Supreme Court. A big favor for the Industry.
SB 1303 is what's called an "Industry Bill," and it needs to be squashed, again, because this time it is much worse for motorists than was last year's version.
on Jun 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm
Really?? God forbid someone should have to pay for their carelessness! People that run red lights could be hazardous to the rest of us, hence the hefty fine. Why should we be so concerned they be "warned" about the cameras? Should we have flashing signs warning us of the presence of a patrol car in the vicinity so that we have time to put down our cell phones, buckle up and go the speed limit? And really just how often is a violent estranged husband driving a wife's car, seems that would not be the norm.
on Jun 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm
these cameras are not about safety. They are about revenue generation. Do a few Google searches and you will find out exactly what these cameras are about. They routiniely violate our rights to due process and they get away with it because people don't know any better. Think it's ok to violate our civil rights? Go live in Russia.
If this law is passed with the "hearsay is ok" portion, someone will challenge it and it will be found unconstitutional. As it is.