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    Columbus Ohio

    Just recently I came across this Letter to the Editor and felt that it would be of interest to all who live or drive through Columbus Ohio.

    Will this atrocity be cming to your neighborhood soon? It will be in Nevada, the RLC are already installed.

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    Having served as a police officer for nearly 11
    years, I would like to inform Columbus residents
    about the truth behind the controversial
    red-light cameras.

    Around Christmastime, I allowed some of my close
    friends to use my pickup truck to pick up gifts
    for their families. Apparently, while one of my
    friends was using my pickup truck, the truck went
    through a traffic light that turned red just 0.23
    of a second before the truck made it to the
    center of the intersection. The truck had cleared
    the intersection before the opposing traffic?s
    light turned green.

    In the course of these events, a photo and video
    was taken of my vehicle passing under the light
    and clearing the intersection in less than 1
    second. Sixteen days later, I received a citation
    in the mail, along with a photo of the vehicle
    and the violation. The instructions on the
    citation demanded an immediate payment of a $95
    bond, before any hearing could be scheduled.
    Failure to pay the $95 bond would result in an
    additional $25 late fee, forfeiture of any future
    hearings and an immediate finding of guilty.

    After interrogating my friends and not finding
    anyone willing to confess to the violation, I
    decided to pay the bond and ask for a hearing.

    When I went to the hearing, I was shocked to find
    out how the Columbus City Council and Mayor
    Michael B. Coleman are violating the rights of
    Columbus residents.

    I discovered that the citation I received was not
    a citation at all. It was a demand for money. In
    a civil proceeding (yes, civil). Basically, the
    city is suing you for the money.

    I found that the "bond" that was demanded was the
    amount that the city is suing you for and not a
    fine at all. The term bond means in lieu of jail;
    however no jail time is even possible in any
    civil proceeding.

    I also found out that the city takes the photos
    from the rear of the vehicle, which makes it
    impossible to identify the driver of the vehicle.
    Therefore, there is no way the city can prove who
    was driving the vehicle.

    The alleged citation that I received was never
    signed by an officer. The citation is
    computer-generated and, therefore, can be
    produced by any office personnel.

    The money collected from these fines mostly
    benefit a private company. The company takes the
    majority of the fines collected, and private
    individuals benefit from people?s mistakes.

    The city gets a sizable portion as well and
    benefits in revenue.

    Believe it or not, the hearing itself is even
    held at the Columbus Police Division and not an
    impartial place, such as a courtroom. How

    What does this all mean? When you are pulled over
    by a police officer, a few things must happen:
    The officer must identify the driver; the officer
    identifies the violation, issues a citation and
    signs the citation, swearing to the facts
    contained in the citation; the officer issues a
    court date, and the person receiving the citation
    can either pay the citation or come to court to
    contest the charges. This is called due process.

    The court then has 31 days to hear the case and
    have a trial to determine the guilt or innocence
    of the defendant. Any fines collected benefit the
    state, county and city, as well as certain
    organizations, such as domestic-violence
    prevention, etc. In no case is it legal for any
    fines to be paid to any private individual or

    This red-light camera program is a scam,
    basically government-sponsored extortion, and is
    a violation of our rights.

    The city of Columbus sends a ticket, which it
    purports to be a real traffic citation, and
    demands a bond of $95. This makes people believe
    that they will lose their license or go to jail
    if they do not pay.

    The city deprives us of our right to due process
    by demanding a payment first, before a trial or
    hearing. This would be like someone suing you and
    making you pay the amount you are sued for before
    you can have a judge determine your guilt of

    The city disregards your right to a speedy trial
    within 31 days and issues at its convenience.

    An attorney hired and paid by the red-light
    program hears each case and issues a ruling while
    two police officers stand over you and look on.
    Ninetynine-point-nine percent of the rulings are
    guilty. Imagine that!

    You can appeal this hearing by paying an
    additional $116 to have your case heard in a real
    court of law, if you want, but if you win you
    will never get your $116 back; you will only get
    back your $95, and the city of Columbus will
    benefit even more.

    Most of your $95 will go to a private business,
    which will make private individuals rich, and the
    spoils of this wealth will be shared with the
    city of Columbus, all in the name of safety.

    Coleman says this program saves lives. I would
    beg to differ. A wellplaced patrol car at key
    intersections can make a great difference, rather
    than a hidden camera and a program that totally
    violates the rights of the people of Columbus and
    those who may pass through our city. It?s all
    about revenue and the generation of funds for the
    city of Columbus.

    It?s no wonder the General Assembly passed a bill
    to make this program in its current form
    unlawful, and it?s sad that Gov. Bob Taft vetoed

    Ohio?s governor and Columbus? mayor chose to
    waive the constitutional rights of the people and
    support this revenue-generating program.

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    Re: Columbus Ohio

    Thanks for posting this Gail - the letter says it all...

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