Speed cam tickets for Calif. - vote is tomorrow!

Tomorow, Senate Bill 1325 is coming to a vote before a State Senate committee. That's Tuesday April 29, at 1:30 p.m., in Sacramento. If it passes, it will allow SPEED camera tickets - also known as photo radar
tickets - to be issued automatically and mailed to you.
To stop SB 1325, call the Senators who are on the Senate Transportation Committee. Now! For info about the Committee, go to: http://www.highwayrobbery.net/redlightcamsjoin.htm#Action5 Also, phone the state legislators (assembly and senate) representing the districts in which you live, work, vacation, or shop. Their numbers are in your phone book's government pages.
Once you're done phoning the legislators, call your auto club and ask them to oppose SB 1325 (and any other speed cam bill that come along). If the auto clubs strongly oppose these bills, they won't pass. Phone numbers for the clubs' main offices are available at the link, above.
Speak NOW or forever hold your peace. Now (Today, and Tuesday until about noon) is the time to let your elected representatives know what you think.
Ed
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This is the SB 1325 below. Slowing down in a school zone for kids, I can live with this. Beverly Hills is the pilot city, guess they can afford it. Want to hall ass? Autocross! Just my two cents... Brian
Fact Sheet SB 1325 (Kuehl) Automated Speed Enforcement SB 1325 (Kuehl) will increase public safety and reduce the number of accidents and fatalities due to speeding, by providing clear authorization for the City of Beverly Hills, with the oversight of its local law enforcement agency, to develop and finance a pilot program for an automated speed enforcement system to reduce speeding in residential neighborhoods and school zones. The use of an automated speed enforcement system is an important public safety tool and this legislation will allow Beverly Hills to implement a pilot program to reduce vehicle speed in residential areas. Using a clearly marked law enforcement vehicle, trained peace officers, equipped with an automated speed enforcement system, would monitor the speed of drivers and photograph both the driver and license plate of the vehicle exceeding the speed limit. Just as in current law regarding "photo red light enforcement," the owner of the vehicle and/or the alleged violator is provided with an opportunity for appeal. SB 1325 only provides authorization; not funding for this project. This legislation will sunset on January 1, 2014 and the City of Beverly Hills will present a report detailing the successes and failures of the program by January 1, 2013. Based on the guidelines recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, SB 1325 ensures that automated speed enforcement may only be utilized to deter speeding under the strictest of circumstances and safeguards are included to prevent any potential abuse and to protect drivers. SB 1325 also clarifies that automated speed enforcement maybe used only if the following conditions are met: . Enforcement is limited to residential and school areas with speed limits of 25 MPH or lower; . Properly trained peace officers must be present at all times to operate the mobile unit; . The City creates uniform guidelines for the selection of locations where the system will be utilized, for screening and issuing citations, and for processing and storing confidential information; . The guidelines utilized by the City to determine the selection of locations includes a requirement to prove both demonstrated community involvement and support and a demonstrated need for traffic calming devices in the proposed area; . The mobile unit is marked and the City includes posted signage indicating that a photo radar is in use; . The registered owner of the car, or the individual identified as the driver at the time of the citation, is provided with the opportunity to view the photographic evidence establishing the violation; and . The automated speed enforcement system is operated with the oversight of the local law enforcement agency. Automated speed enforcement systems are currently used in a number of states, including Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, D.C. A study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that, within the first six months of photo radar enforcement in the District of Columbia, "the proportion of vehicles exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph declined 82 percent." SB 1325 allows California to determine, through a pilot program, whether an automated speed enforcement will effectively improve public safety. It protects a driver's right to due process and ensures the confidentiality of sensitive information. SB 1325 will help make neighborhoods safer for their residents and school zones safer for children and adults. For more information about SB 1325, please contact: Jonathan Tran, Office of Senator Kuehl, (916) 651-4486.
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Auto club NEVER opposes these bills. Back when the Cali government was proposing stricter smog checks, AAA was there pushing it like nothing else. This is because they act as a 'DMV' in California, so they always do what the government wants, no matter how regressive it is for drivers. I know... it is hard to believe. The auto club is NOT the friend of the driver. My wife has their card, but I would never buy their insurance. Like most insurance companies, their job is to screw the driver. This is the true mission of AAA.
I wonder if the AAA were around in Nazi germany, would they be turning in Jews to the government. They would if they acted like they do today.
Vito

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Uncle_vito wrote:

they were only able to get 5 yes votes, and needed 7. But they are allowed to try again. So please call everyone you can.
Ed.

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