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California Court of Appeals Reverses lower Court on Red Light Camera Conviction

Original post made by Hank Lawrence, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights, on Feb 14, 2012

One rainy winter night while on Ravenswood Avenue stopped at the traffic light at El Camino Real I saw the red light camera take a photo of a car heading south on a green light. The camera also took my picture making a legal left turn on Ravenswood on to ECR heading south. These cameras are completely unreliable. Now the California Court of Appeals agrees.

To read the decision click on this web link.

Web Link

It is time for the City Council to order the removal of these red light cameras.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:00 am


I agree with Hank on something!!!!!

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Posted by safety matters
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Before throwing out the baby with the bathwater, the city should try to fix any mistakes the cameras might be making. Red light runners have been rampant risking safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, not to mention other drivers. These cameras can act as a much needed deterrent. The goal of these is safety not revenue.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm


the only way the city can fix any mistakes is to get rid of them or have Redflex employees come to court to tesify as the right to confront an accuser is paramount. Or, they can stop contracting out the service and handle the entire thing themselves (which they'll never do). The cameras need to go. They are not a deterent, they are a money generator for the city.

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Posted by you have got to be dreaming
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Remove the red light cameras! Not a chance. The police department is living off of the fine revenues.

Our city is living off of new higher fee schedules and other revenue enhancers. When you look at the salary schedules (published today in the Daily Post, you just roll your eyes. We have a hopeless council that doesn't take any really tough actions.

I'm longing for the days what we had public servants like Jack Morris and Paul Collacchi willing to take on staff and give the City ral direction.

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