What Speeding Cameras in California Could Mean
Automated cameras could be coming to California roads soon. It is important for drivers to know what these cameras are, what they do, and how this could impact all drivers. The idea of using automated cameras to catch speeding drivers is not new. It has been used in other states and has proven to be effective in reducing road accidents and fatalities.
Now, the debate has reached California as bills have been introduced in the state legislature proposing the use of speeding cameras on highways, freeways, and high-risk areas. If approved, California would join other US states such as Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois in implementing this technology.
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What speeding cameras do and how they work
Speeding cameras, also known as traffic enforcement cameras, operate on pretty simple principles. First, they use radar technology to detect vehicles that are exceeding the speed limit. Once a vehicle is identified as a violator, the camera system springs into action, taking a series of photographs or a short video clip. These images capture the license plate and sometimes the driver’s face, providing evidence of the infraction. The cameras are often installed at intersections, highways, and zones with high pedestrian traffic, where speeding is particularly dangerous. Importantly, these systems work around the clock, providing 24/7 monitoring and enforcement. The citation is then mailed to the registered vehicle owner, along with the evidence of the violation.
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Where these cameras could soon be located
While these cameras are not yet on California roadways, they could be coming to a city near you very soon. According to the bill introduced, these cameras could soon be set up in cities all over California including:
- Los Angeles
- Long Beach
- San Francisco
- San Jose
Additionally, these cameras would be set to give out tickets for speeding infractions starting at 11 miles per hour over the speed limit of the road on which they are placed.
What this means for California drivers
These cameras, if implemented on California roadways, could have a number of implications for drivers. First, the number of speeding tickets could greatly increase. Because these cameras are set up to run 24/7, drivers could receive speeding tickets even if there are no police officers present. Second, because of the possible increase in speeding tickets, repeat offenders could be at a higher risk of facing hefty fines and potentially loss of their license.
It is also important for drivers to be aware of the pros and cons to the introduction of speeding cameras on California roadways. Speeding cameras can maintain traffic law compliance even when police officers aren’t directly present. Additionally, they can free up officers to focus on other important duties instead of sitting in their cars with a radar gun. Proponents of speeding cameras argue that they are an effective deterrent for drivers and can prevent accidents and fatalities. They also highlight the cost-saving benefits as it would reduce the need for more police officers on the roads. However, many are opposed to the implementation of these devices on California roadways. Many argue that these cameras are not reliable as they have been known to produce false readings and have technical errors. They also believe that the increase in traffic tickets would lead to an influx of cases and create more burden for the courts.
Regardless of whether you believe these cameras are a good or bad idea for California, it is important to be aware of their impacts on drivers’ daily lives.
How a defense attorney can help
If you have received a speeding ticket, you may be unsure of whether or not you need to hire a defense attorney. A defense attorney can help in a number of ways. First, a defense attorney can challenge a ticket mailed to you if you were not the driver of the car when the ticket was issued. Under California law for the already existing red-light cameras, the driver of the vehicle at the time of the infraction is responsible for the ticket, not the owner of the car. However, since the ticket will be mailed to the owner of the car’s address, it is important to hire a defense attorney who can challenge the ticket by claiming you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the infraction. Second, even if you were the driver of the vehicle, a defense attorney can raise a number of defenses depending on the facts of your case, including:
- Was the camera working properly?
- Are the images clear?
- You were speeding to avoid an accident or greater harm
Because these defenses are subjective and fact-specific, it is important to hire an experienced defense attorney who can help you determine which defenses to raise for your speeding ticket. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have the experience you need. We offer exceptional service, experience, and affordable payment options to help you manage the cost of hiring a defense attorney. Call our office today for a free consultation!
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