Millions of dollars in fines from alleged red-light violations have stirred up a debate about the constitutionality of the red-light cameras. These cameras automatically detect when a car allegedly runs a red-light. Allegations made by these cameras lead to the owner of the vehicle receiving a fine in the mail. This leads to a number of problems with these violations that could be the start of a national debate.
While nine states currently ban these red-light enforcement cameras, Colorado allows them. This means a driver could slightly pass a white stopping line, be forced through the intersection for emergency vehicles, or turn right on a red-light, and be sent a fine as a result. If another person uses the car besides the owner, the car owner could be sent a fine, regardless of whether they broke the law.
These types of issues are likely to be raised as this debate heats up. Some people believe that enforcement with these cameras helps reduce traffic accidents. Whether or not that is true, these cameras almost presume that a person is guilty. Since there is no police officer to present the case to the court, it might be hard to defend these tickets.
If a traffic violation seems unfair, it might be wise for a person to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Colorado. They can help a person understand their rights and form a rigorous defense. No matter how small the fine, it is important that a person's rights aren't violated or their driving record tarnished.
Source: MSN News, "Lights, cameras reaction: Resistance builds against red-light cameras," Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, Feb. 19, 2013
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