Tuesday: 09.May.2006

Photo enforced traffic lights suk

Here in Costa Mesa, I've noticed a growing number of photo-enforced traffic lights. (Laguna had no such things.)

Early one morning, not long ago, while driving to pick up the little guy, I noticed (still half asleep) a bright flash .. poof! .. like when someone takes your picture, when you're not expecting it. "What the heck was that?" I wondered.

On the way back, I noticed the intersection labeled Photo enforced, with cameras and lights mounted on poles at all four corners. Obviously Big brother had been there.

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This is technology at its worst. Okay, maybe not its worst, but still sad. Cuz it's nothing more than a money-making scheme .. for the city. They might as well install toll booths at each intersection.

And they set yellow light timing very quick, so if you don't slam on your breaks soon as the light turns .. you shortly receive a love note in the mail from the city .. containing a self-addressed envelope (no stamp, tho).

Now I've not received such a note (yet), and pray I never do, but something about these big brother intersections gives me the creeps.

I mean, basically, the way it works is that you get a fine in the mail, mail in your payment, without ever speaking with a real person.

In other words, "We don't want to talk to you. Just send us money." That leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Big brother making money, hand over fist.

In other traffic related news, I just received word that I got out of a speeding ticket received several months ago, cuz my speedometer wasn't working properly. Took a long time to get a response.

Did the mail-in thing, with a copy of the invoice from my mechanic, for fixing my speedometer, and the judge dismissed my case. Small victories. Now I just have to get my money back ($178).

For more along these lines, here's a Google search pre-configured for the query: photo enforced traffic lights





Posted by Rad at May 9, 2006 09:31 AM

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