Guilty? Depends on whether or not you paid your speeding ticket

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Guilty? Depends on whether or not you paid your speeding ticket

You drive through a construction zone. It’s early in the morning. There are no workers. You are driving UNDER the normal speed limit. What does that get you? In one woman’s case, five tickets in the mail!

A province of Manitoba, Canada installed speed cameras in its construction zones to ostensibly catch drivers whooshing past workers at unsafe speeds. The problem is, it left the cameras on even when there was no work being done. This scam, sorry, enforcement netted the local government millions of dollars: tickets issued mushroomed from 3000 in 2007 to 60,000 just twelve months later. A provincial court has found that such tickets violate the law, but the local government maintains that payment of a citation is an admission of guilt. As one justice stated, "It’s almost a disincentive for Manitobans to pay their fines because, if the law is challenged, the only way you get your money back is if you didn’t pay."


7 comments:

I really don’t know how does it happen. But driver’s should be careful about their speed limit.

Besides if the enforcers are interpreting the law on their vested interest, that is to gain more collections, then the right motivation to enforce the law is already neglected.

But of course, you would pay for one reason.You need your license back

Well technically yes, payment means admittance.

A good enforcement program impemented and interpreted in the wrong way

I think its the local government of Manitoba who is a culprit and guilty this time

Some local ordinaces are good at one point worst at some extent. Like the intention for this CCTV traffic system is a brilliant enforcement of the law but taking all shots as violation without significant evaluation is abusive

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