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Violating Traffic Laws is a Snap!
Announcing the publication of www.PhotoCop.com, a private, non-commercial site that provides research, management, and technical information about the photographic enforcement of traffic laws.
Designed for traffic, law enforcement, and other governmental agencies involved in enforcing traffic laws, PhotoCop includes information on red-light, speed, rail crossing, and toll photo-enforcement. Locations and news of photo-enforcement sites in the United States, information about photography, and the legal issues surrounding this technology is also provided.
Red-light running, speeding, rail crossing violations, and toll violations each contribute to the needless carnage on our roads. In response to these problems, many jurisdictions have begun using automated law enforcement technology to identify and prosecute violators. In use for over forty years, red-light, speed, rail crossing, and toll cameras are finding a place in many US cities. www.PhotoCop.com present a comprehensive review of the technology, services, and products associated with photo-enforcement.
Who Supports Photo Enforcement?
Many jurisdictions around the world are using photo-enforcement to enforce traffic laws. With over forty years of use worldwide in over 45 countries, the technology has only recently seen any growth in the U.S. For the past ten years many jurisdictions has tested various types of photo-enforcement. Even though the technology is stable, accurate, and cost effective, many jurisdictions unsure of local reactions have chosen to run pilot programs.
Some Folks Don't Like It
Of course, not everyone likes this technology.
The National Motorists Association (NMA) a large lobbing group has very negative feelings about red-light cameras. They believe that, "installing red-light cameras gives the illusion of 'doing something' when, in effect, it pre-empts or delays legitimate and needed corrective action."
Some Try to Beat the System
Many companies offer radar detection devices. There are many others who see photo-enforcement as a business opportunity and want to profit from trying to defeat this technology. One company offers drivers, "The freedom to relax and drive with confidence."
Of course radar detectors have been for sale for some time, but new products have been designed and are being sold to prevent cameras from recording a license plate. One maker claims that his product will cause the plate to be unreadable. Another vendor advertises that their product is, "... effective against photo-radar, both day and night, and is completely legal." Another even offers a warranty, "If Big Brother can successfully take a readable picture of your license plate within 60 days of purchase, we will refund your purchase price!"
Some Jurisdictions Call It Quits
Even some jurisdictions are not pleased with the results. For various reasons - insufficient revenue and citizen complaints being the most frequently cited- some programs have been shut down. After having tried photo-enforcement, Utah recently modified their existing photo-enforcement law. Use is now restricted to roads with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less.
Get the Picture?
Violations of traffic laws result in the needless death of thousands of individuals and the injury of many more each year. Many of the deaths and injuries would not have occurred if drivers had obeyed the existing traffic laws. For over forty years jurisdictions around the world have successfully used photo-enforcement to reduce the violent death and injuries caused by these violations. However, this technology remains controversial.
Many jurisdictions consider the enforcement of red-light, rail, speed, and toll laws through the use of photo-technology a practical and cost effective method to reduce traffic accidents.
These systems serve as a highly visible reminder to the public of a lesson each individual learns in childhood: Red means stop!
Complete information on this technology is available at http://www.PhotoCop.com.