Traffic Cameras Headed To Des Moines

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Coming soon to a stoplight near you: Des Moines leaders are one step closer to installing red light cameras to catch you violating traffic laws. Full Story
Umm

Cloquet, MN

#1 Jul 13, 2010
(("We take the revenue that comes in and invest it in public safety primarily," says Henderson.))

That means we could lay some off in the Law Enforcement Depts.. Just get more cameras.

1984 By George Orwell is looking more and more true. So sad and I think what my 2 month olds life will be like in 20 years.. Scares me...Hope this country stands up and quits letting Big Brother into our lives before we have zero freedom left for our kids.
Jim

Glendale, AZ

#2 Jul 13, 2010
We have had the cameras too, now coming this Thursday at midnight they are shutting down the ones for going over the posted speed limit.on all major roads, highways, and the interstates .
nothing but problems with people not paying the fines and loading up the court system.
The revenue has not been there to justify renewing the contract for another year.
Good luck Iowa ! they have failed here costing the tax payers millions and very little return on the investment.
There will be a few red light running cameras still working in different parts of metro phoenix, no one knows for how long.
Iowan for America

Des Moines, IA

#3 Jul 13, 2010
The camera system is completely unconstitutional, as there is no chance for any sort of trial or defense. The government just sends a bill to whomever they "say" has broken the law. This is pure liberal tax waste. It goes only into the pockets of the camera companies, who promise big dollars to stupid politicians who know absolutely no facts.

The cameras won't work. Why? Because there is absolutely no way to enforce the tickets. You can simply throw them away and there is no recourse for the law. This is the biggest pile of pork ever to roll into Iowa, and that's saying something. The Des Moines City Council members voting for this need to be voted out of office. This is your money, and your freedom, Des Moines. What are you going to do about it?
Jim

Glendale, AZ

#4 Jul 13, 2010
Iowan for America wrote:
The camera system is completely unconstitutional, as there is no chance for any sort of trial or defense. The government just sends a bill to whomever they "say" has broken the law. This is pure liberal tax waste. It goes only into the pockets of the camera companies, who promise big dollars to stupid politicians who know absolutely no facts.
The cameras won't work. Why? Because there is absolutely no way to enforce the tickets. You can simply throw them away and there is no recourse for the law. This is the biggest pile of pork ever to roll into Iowa, and that's saying something. The Des Moines City Council members voting for this need to be voted out of office. This is your money, and your freedom, Des Moines. What are you going to do about it?
Bravo every thing you just wrote here is the same thing that has happen here in az.some of the people got out of the tickets, it all depends on the judge that you see on your court day. The police can and sometimes will knock on your door to serve you a warrant if you cannot be found some times you are ok, other times they may issue a warrant for your arrest . The lawyers make big money from people who try to fight the ticket.
Watch your tax money go down the drain just like it did here.
Brandon

Des Moines, IA

#5 Jul 14, 2010
What is considered running a red light? Is it when you are 3/4 the way through the intersection and the light turns red?
Steve

Ankeny, IA

#6 Jul 14, 2010
"They like the money the cameras bring in, about $15,000 to $20,000 thousand a month."

wow! where can I invest in this company?
AC_Conditioner

Des Moines, IA

#7 Jul 15, 2010
Dumb.
nate

Auburn, IN

#8 Aug 5, 2010
the problem is with camera's is this:
Although 98% of tickets probably are justified, the 2% that aren't can completely destroy a person. Poor John single dad John needs his car to get to work and drop the children off to day care since his wife died 2 years ago. Since his wife's medical bills caused him to go bankrupt, he has to pay cash for every thing, including car repairs. Poor John takes his old car to WTF auto shop, since his radiator cracked. The shop worker takes the car to "test it", but he's not only testing the radiator, he's testing how fast he can go. He decides to go 20 plus through 6 camera's. Poor John picks up his desperately needed vehicle that night. Poor John finds out 3 weeks later that he receives 6 speeding tickets. Poor John appears in court, which is very difficult since he works two jobs and has 4 children. He tells the judge he had his car at the shop that day. The judge says no problem, present your receipt, Poor John says I was so busy, I must of misplaced it. The judge say's "Did you use a credit card? Poor John used cash, since he has bad credit. The judge says "well you haven't provided enough evidence to prove your innocence. Now Poor John can't pay those tickets, so he loses his license, and since he doesn't have his license, he can't feed his kids. Now Poor John has toe either be a criminal or rely on food stamps. Do any of you know what it's like to be poor? Why do you think the founding fathers put in the Constitution that every one is innocent until proven guilty. These new laws may only affect a small percentage of people, but the devastation to these few individuals more than make up for the other 98% that can afford it. Of course the counter argument would be "how about the lives that are saved by these camera's"...It isn't proven that those camera's save lives. Nor has it been proven to lessen accidents. It's amazing how easily people will give up rights for a perception of safety. Especially when most of those people have enough money to pay for their own actions, and are much more fortunate than others. The folk's for the camera would present a much better argument if the camera would actually get the offenders face. Know your history people, know why we have protected rights, learn from others who have existed under tyrannical governments through first hand contact or reading, don't give up any of your rights, or you will find yourself a victim of tyranny...

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