Las Cruces seeks better way to enforce red-light traffic fines
Except for the possibility of imposing a lien, there was only talk - no specific options were discussed by the Las Cruces City Council at Monday's work session focusing on red-light enforcement camera fines.
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#1 Jun 27, 2012
this is stupid. If an officer issues a ticket for running a red light and the fine is unpaid, what happens?
Whatever happens to the driver who didn't pay the ticket the officer issued should be the same as whatever happens to the red light ticket driver.
Oh that's right, a red light ticket isn't issued to a driver. It's issued to an owner. There is no officer to identify a driver. Maybe you do have a problem.
#2 Jun 30, 2012
After reading the Lead Article in the 6-29-12 Bulletin "CITY SEES GREEN IN RED LIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS" You can only conclude that the loss of Revenue in this Scam is the City Manager and the Councils main concern in this matter.
If Garza and the Councils REALLY wants Safety quit skirting the problems and fix them.
1: Most tickets are for speeding. Use the 85 percentile formula for setting Realistic speed limits.(This is figured on what the majority of the drivers are doing,and is the accepted right way) instead of the Arbitrary Speed Limit(which is a number pulled out of the air with NO premise for it). But it sure does bring in the dollars!
2: Do what has been proven all over the Country to stop the Red Light Problem. Add one second to the Yellow and you drop the Red Light problem by as much as 85% or more. Add to this Delayed Reds and there no longer is a problem at all.
3: Along with these two changes in some cases the engineering of the intersection are out dated and need to be updated and improved.
Yet Garza and the Council doggedly resist doing these things. The big question is WHY?
Remember this whole Scam was instituted on Safety not Money.
There is a good chance they CAN'T do these things because of the Contract with Red Flex won't let them make these changes. If the Contract and the loss of Money aren't the problem in implementing these PROVEN Solutions then what is. Try and get an answer,good luck? Then if you can't get direct answers you can draw you own conclusions why not.
Also this Scam won't pass Constitutional muster,if it could the Courts would except it and there would be no need to hide it under Civil Law. And the City could collect the fines with no problem
#3 Jun 30, 2012
Are you kidding - city will never kill the cash cow.
The money this is generating bought all those new
Chargers and Camaros.
Give us a break - Silva and company talk about how bad they are, how outraged - while on the other
hand they are quick to distribute the money from the cash cow :)
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