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Daseal 03-17-2010 01:04 PM

Legality/Accuracy of DC speeding cameras:
 
Hey Guys,

I'm curious as to if anyone knows about the speeding cameras in DC. I got two tickets on the same day for a total fine of 300 bucks (600 if I don't pay before my court date) and I'm curious about a few things when it comes to these cameras.

1) Have they been challenged in court? I know these same cameras have given tickets to parked cars for speeding, etc. I don't know how this works with the whole face your accuser, being able to know that the camera was calibrated/accurate, etc.
2) It says 0 points on my license, which is well and good. But are these tickets reported to the insurance company? It sounds like just a source of revenue for DC, but hopefully someone has a definitive answer.
3) What are your thoughts on these cameras. Seem a bit iffy to me, and apparently have been causing awful traffic/pile ups in DC when people slam on their brakes to avoid them.

Any input on these cameras would be appreciated before I send DC 300 bucks.

tryfuhl 03-17-2010 01:04 PM

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From what I've heard, hard to challenge

watch the pedal man, it bit me big in the ass too

KLHJ2 03-17-2010 01:07 PM

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I don't drive my car in DC anymore for several reasons, one of them being those cameras. So whenever I have to drive through DC, I drive my wife's car.

Trample the Elderly 03-17-2010 01:08 PM

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I used to hate those things. Now after time I appreciate them. They confirm that the US is a police state. For awhile I thought I was just paranoid. Most people could care less. Poor schmucks think they're free because some asshole on television says so.

tryfuhl 03-17-2010 01:10 PM

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firstdown 03-17-2010 01:35 PM

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While they might not put points on your record all the ins. co. that I know of don't look at point they look at actual driving record. DC might be different but I don't think any area or state actually reporst tickets to ins. co's. Its up to the insurance co to pull your driving record and that will vary among companies. My main ins co only pulls current customers driving records when they feel there is a need like adding a young child or having claim issues. Its a cost issues. Think they millions of customers and at 7 to 10 dollars per driving record it would be a hugh cost to pull all of them each year.

mredskins 03-17-2010 01:36 PM

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yeah they suck, my wife had a meeting in downtown DC for a week she got a ticket every morning she passed the camera. $1000 in fines $250 x 5. It was what are you going to do situations and it gives a hugh free pass the next time I F up.

tryfuhl 03-17-2010 02:04 PM

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[quote=mredskins;675434]yeah they suck, my wife had a meeting in downtown DC for a week she got a ticket every morning she passed the camera. [B]$1000 in fines $250 x 5[/B]. It was what are you going to do situations and it gives a hugh free pass the next time I F up.[/quote]

way to show the system

Mattyk 03-17-2010 02:21 PM

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[quote=Trample the Elderly;675386]I used to hate those things. Now after time I appreciate them. They confirm that the US is a police state. [B]For awhile I thought I was just paranoid[/B]. Most people could care less. Poor schmucks think they're free because some asshole on television says so.[/quote]

You are.

Why not just leave then, you [I]are[/I] free to do that.

tryfuhl 03-17-2010 02:25 PM

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Just to wonder, how is the calibration on them done and how often?

dmek25 03-17-2010 02:36 PM

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[quote=Mattyk;675513]You are.

Why not just leave then, you [I]are[/I] free to do that.[/quote]
you better watch out or he will mace your ass

Trample the Elderly 03-17-2010 02:39 PM

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[quote=Mattyk;675513]You are.

Why not just leave then, you [I]are[/I] free to do that.[/quote]

If I could get on a ship and go to the New World I would. If there was a freer country I would go. They're all the same now. What's the point? They're police cameras in Tokyo, Berlin, London, and in the US. Game over.

Mattyk 03-17-2010 02:49 PM

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It takes more than some traffic cameras to create a true police state.

firstdown 03-17-2010 02:51 PM

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[quote=tryfuhl;675521]Just to wonder, how is the calibration on them done and how often?[/quote]
Thats something that you would ask in court but you also need to know how often it should be done and hope they are off.

CRedskinsRule 03-17-2010 02:52 PM

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[quote=Mattyk;675513]You are.

Why not just leave then, you [I]are[/I] free to do that.[/quote]

Is there a government that is not a police state at this point? The US is not the worst police state, but it certainly is one.

It always cracks me up driving on 95 seeing the highway advisory signs. Do I get why they are there? sure, but I laugh because people will deny what their dual purpose is. Bottomline when you read 1984, and Big Brother was watching, do you think that government insiders hadn't created a plausible reason as to how the monitors were for public safety? Yet in 1980, if you had shown stories of how quietly intrusive government has become, people would have scoffed and said that would never happen.


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