Traffic tickets can be very expensive, especially for those who seem to get them on a routine basis. Obviously, the best method for avoiding tickets is to obey the law. Some feel that many of the traffic laws have become excessive, restrictive and unfair. The truth of the matter is that way back when the automobile was in its infancy; traffic laws were originally created to protect people from an emerging technology that could be very dangerous when used recklessly. Many years later, we motorists find ourselves being the victims of law enforcement agencies that have a huge profit motive behind traffic law enforcement.
Your fines help to fund government.
Clearly, traffic tickets provide a funding source for governments, one that they have grown to rely on. During difficult economic times, governments feel a financial pinch just like individuals do. When additional revenue is required for budgetary needs, traffic citations and associated revenue increase as law enforcement becomes more creative and aggressive.
The Technological Chess Match
Just as technology has been created to help governments and law enforcement agencies to write more tickets and generate more income, there is also technology and resources for motorists who want to become proactive in reducing their own annual costs in traffic fines. Shortly after companies began providing radar guns for law enforcement, other companies began providing radar detectors for motorists to help them avoid getting speeding tickets. In recent years, some law enforcement agencies have begun using red light cameras and speed cameras to issue citations.
Consumer collaboration can be useful.
“While some motorists might be wondering ‘how do speed cameras work?’ the more important question is “how can I avoid them?” Interestingly, there is now technology that detects speed cameras. There are also some sites like PhotoEnforced.com that provide very valuable information such as where the local speed camera locations are in your city.
According to their website, PhotoEnforced.com is a user generated or crowd sourced database of photo enforced locations. The open database of locations and fines is continually updated by anonymous users from around the U.S. The majority of the database currently contains red light cameras and speed cameras.
Government is Big Business
Traffic citations now represent a multi-billion dollar industry. From time to time, laws and protocols are enacted that are more directed at generating income for government than protecting drivers and pedestrians. When bad laws are passed they threaten the financial wellbeing of those who need to travel extensively.
Motorists need to become proactive in protecting their rights.
Each of us who have an invested interest in being able to travel for work and pleasure need to become more educated about the laws and we need to let our voices be heard when government is over stepping their bounds. There are motorist advocacy groups such as the National Motorist Association that help to keep motorists informed on important issues and provide other resources as well. There website states, “we want to drive what we want to drive, go where we want to go and in the process not be unwitting cannon fodder for self-serving government programs, over-bearing police departments or greedy courts.” If you are concerned about unfair traffic laws and enforcement strategies, you need to become proactive and get involved.
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