FC: Colorado judge strikes down photo radar, dismisses tickets

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 02:19:44 PST

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    Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 17:04:14 -0500
    From: "Diamond, Richard" <Richard.Diamondat_private>
    Subject: Colorado Judge strikes down photo radar system
    Thought you might be interested in a copy of the 20-page ruling issued this
    week by a Denver County judge that found the photo radar program had
    violated both state and local laws.  The judge issued a motion to dismiss
    the tickets of 4 defendants challenging the system, and the city has been
    forced to turn off the cameras.  The ruling tracks perfectly with the two
    separate California Superior Court rulings that shut down San Diego's red
    light camera system. The tide may be turning.
    Click on the link for the entire ruling (3mb, PDF format)
    Richard Diamond
    Office of the Majority Leader
    US House of Representatives
    202-225-6007 / www.freedom.gov
    "And it's true in a few intersections we found a few more accidents than
    prior to the red light photo enforcement. At some intersections we saw no
    change at all, and at several intersections we actually saw an increase in
    traffic accidents." -- San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano, Nightline,
    "I would have to say that the cameras themselves have not reduced the number
    of (injury) collisions that have happened at these intersections," said
    Elizabeth Yard, an analyst with the San Diego Police Department's traffic
    division. -- San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/2/01
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