Because with the sole purpose being revenue generation, there's little to no oversight. What if the device malfunctions or is set intentionally to ticket motorists going over 5mph? I was under the impression we were still innocent until proven guilty and you had the right to face your accuser in court. The local governments gets away with it by just fining the vehicle owner and not assigning points to the driver since they have no way to validate who was driving.
I'm not sure how it's gone in Ohio, but here in NY there are issues with red light cameras giving tickets to vehicles that it shouldn't have. It's also all but undone the right on red law as there's uncertainty how long you have to wait before turning so now no one turns on right where these camera's are positioned.
I often hear your slippery slope argument if you're not doing anything illegal you have no reason to be concerned. I guess we should all welcome government cameras in our homes and businesses so the government can monitor everything we do to generate more revenue since only the guilty have anything to worry about.
Speed camera's, immigration check points, invasive x-ray searches at airports, and who knows what else, leads me to think we better remove the words "O'er the land of the free" out of the Star Spangled Banner.
Really, then why did the police ask for an accident study to install speed cameras in Dayton? These cameras were driven to improve safety. They were installed in the top 5 accident locations due to cars going to fast. How do I know this, I work for the City of Dayton in their Traffic Engineering department and know the guy who put together the list of top intersections with speed related accidents. So lay off the "Oh its only revenue" BS. You know some cities actually think about what they are doing. Do some cities use it as a way to generate more revenue, yea. Others actually use it for a good purpose. Like everything, it isn't black and white you know.
You can also challenge the ticket in court. Nothing is stopping you on that. The tickets are written in the same format as a parking ticket. You can challenge parking tickets as well. You can go and have the speed camera tested, like you can have the laser or radar tested that police officers use to see if it is malfunctioning. You can have the cop who reviews the ticket testify. That is right, all tickets are reviewed by a police officer (at least in Dayton). In the end you will probably not over turn the ticket, like majority of all speeding tickets, but you still can challenge the ticket. That is a total MYTH, that you don't have due process.
Yes the camera does fine the owner of the car, but the owner can put down who was driving the ticket. Like lets say your best friend flies through a speed camera area. So that is completely wrong as well that it just fines the owner of the car and that is it. Maybe if people actually read the ticket they might actually learn something.
Yes red light cameras have an issue with "Right Turn on Red". In Dayton we have detection loops before the stop bar to assist with this. Not sure how they work in NY, but this is a problem. I would say put up "NO TURN ON RED" signs and be done with it.
Yet we are not talking about homes, we are talking about video cameras in the right of way. It sounds to me you are just more upset with the government that with the fact these cameras actually reduce speeding, reduce speed related accidents. They do what they are designed to do. These cameras are not in your home. They are in the Public Own right of way. So really you can't argue what the City puts in the right of way, unless you pass a law forbidding it. It certainly isn't in your home.