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    Here's an article from yesterdays Washington Post that says it all:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2005Feb5.html

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    I just want to add that this is better than typical practice of DC. At least in the author's case, somebody did actually run the red light. My dad got a ticket in the mail for running a red light. He was in fact driving the car at the time, only the light wasn't red. Luckily the ticket proved it since it said on it that the light had been red for 0.0 seconds and it was thrown out for not meeting burden of proof. My brother got a ticket in the mail for being late to pay a parking fine on a Ford Escort. Not only does he not own a Ford Escort, nobody in our family owns a Ford Escort nor has ever driven one. Heck, nobody in our family has ever even owned a Ford...never. He had to physically go down to the adjudicators office and spent 8 hours dealing with 3 different people to make sure he wouldn't have to pay for a ticket on a car not registered to him. Then a few weeks later he got another late notice for the same ticket, and again he had to spend 8 hours getting it taken care of. Same thing happened to a friend of mine. He got a ticket for parking illegally in the mail, only he had receipts to prove his car was in the shop for the entire day. What happened was obvious. He had once gotten a legitimate parking ticket before. They were just using the same license plate picture to try to give him another one. The DC government makes Mayor Daely of Chicago seem legitimate.
    Richard

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    DC is the only place in this area that has photo radar. A co-worker of mine received a citation in the mail that showed a picture of his car and a close up on his rear plate. It showed his speed as 36mph in a 25mph zone and that he was clocked with K band radar. His fine was $50, but it does not go on his driving record.

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    Yeah, that's the one nice thing about DC photo ticket: no matter what they get you on, no points. You know why? Because it doesn't meet sufficient standards for evidence, and they know it, but they hope that if someone doesn't get points it won't be challenged. Parking fines and photo tickets actually make up a very substantial portion of DC's revenue (I'd almost venture to say most of it).
    Richard

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    Found this article. Look at how much they made :shock:

    http://student-voices.org/news/index.php3?NewsID=3853


    Look at there attempt to justify it:

    http://mpdc.dc.gov/info/traffic/speedfaq.shtm

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    Now ain't that a %*&^@#? They boldly admit it's all about the $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SETITOFF
    Now ain't that a %*&^@#? They boldly admit it's all about the $$$.
    Meh, it's better than Marion Barry "Bit** set me up, bit** set me up" as he was being arrested for doing coke with a prostitute.

 

 

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