Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > Speed Trap & Traffic Enforcement > Economics & Politics
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:


Economics & Politics Discussion of the economic and political market driving factors of automated enforcement technology.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2008-04-14
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Connecticut: Car Seizures Exclude the Politically Connected

Article: Connecticut: Car Seizures Exclude the Politically Connected

Boise KimberNew Haven, Connecticut has been using a license plate scanning camera to generate millions in revenue from car seizures for the past three years. Now called "Plate Hunter," the program is designed to grab the car of anyone the city claims owes as little as $25 -- anyone, that is, who is not politically connected. The vehicles are held until fines, impound fees and towing charges are paid in full.

On Friday, the city council was forced to suspend the program after reports surfaced that powerful local figures were being let off the hook. The most recent scandal involved fire commissioner Boise Kimber whose white GMC Yukon was scanned last Friday. Kimber allegedly owed $350 in parking tickets, but state Marshal Peter Criscuolo, the towing supervisor and North Haven fire commissioner, put a stop to the towing after a conversation with Kimber. Likewise, a prominent member of the business community was also able to place a call to local officials, including Tax Collector C.J. Cuticello, to stop his car from being towed.

"If it happened two times it may have happened ten times," Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. said in a statement. "This is unacceptable and unfair to the taxpayers of this city."

Those who are not connected have been hit hard by the program. Cuticello has used his camera towing team to target out-of-state students who attend Yale University, insisting that they pay a Connecticut property taxes on their vehicle in addition to all of the taxes they pay in their home state. Even faculty are not immune. Lecturer Michael Faison had his 2001 Volkswagen Golf towed over a mere $33 late fee. Faison received no notice that he owed anything before his car was taken.

Cuticello and Criscuolo will resume grabbing cars on April 23 after a review of procedures. Source
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)   IP: 64.132.94.227
Old 2008-04-15
boomerman's Avatar
boomerman boomerman is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: 2008 Jan
Posts: 3
boomerman is on a distinguished road
Default

I think they should have to reimburse the owners of the cars that were towed.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 18:23.


©2019 SpeedTrapHunter