Alabama Legislature Approves Red Light Cameras
<b>Article: Alabama Legislature Approves Red Light Cameras</b>
<A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/27/2771.asp" TITLE="Read More: Sen Dixon, Rep. Grimes"><IMG SRC="http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/pix/dixgrim.jpg" ALT= "Sen Dixon, Rep. Grimes" HEIGHT="148" WIDTH="190" ALIGN="RIGHT" BORDER="1"></A>The Alabama state legislature this week sent a bill authorizing Montgomery's use of red light cameras to Governor Bob Riley (R) for his signature. The city has been using automated ticketing machines since May 2008, but the local measure authored by state Senator Larry Dixon (R-Montgomery) and state Representative David Grimes (R-Montgomery) is designed to retroactively protect the city from any lawsuit challenging the legality of the first $1 million worth of tickets already issued without authorization.<br><br>"The city, by Ordinance No. 10-2007, <i>hereby validated ab initio</i>, adopted the procedures authorized by this act," Senate Bill 59 declares.<br><br>With revenue from the first seven cameras safe, Montgomery officials intend to ask LaserCraft -- the British company in charge of the program -- to add dozens of additional cameras. For each $100 ticket issued, LaserCraft pockets between $18 to $23 as an incentive.<br><br>The legislation merely codifies the existing practice in Montgomery and does not explicitly authorize other cities to use photo ticketing, although jurisdictions facing large budget deficits are likely to follow Montgomery's example. A routine review of campaign finance disclosures suggests Grimes and Dixon received contributions from interests within the city of Montgomery, not from the photo ticketing or insurance industries. <A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/27/2771.asp#source" TITLE="Read Source: ">Source</A>
Its quite a riot that Alabama, a state which is always at least 5 years behind the times, decides to approve red light cameras whereas many other states are getting rid of them. Apparently Alabama legislators either don't read newspapers, watch national news, or know how to use the Internet for online research into RLC's, and have absolutely no clue about RLC design faults which cause them to erroneously issue tickets.
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