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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2012 3:11:59 PM

California has the most expensive red-light camera tickets in the world; and the tickets are so steep, according to Kevin Fagan, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, that one camera in Oakland generates more than $3 million annually.

According to Fagan and the traffic-watch site TheNewspaper.com, anyone in California photographed violating a red light pays a fine of $480 and no other jurisdiction in the U.S. has a tab that high. The second-highest fine in the U.S. is $250, Fagan says.

California's Dept. of Finance estimates that red-light cameras bring in more than $80 million annually to the state and $50 million to cities and counties. Not all $480 from each ticket goes to the cities or counties that authorize...

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jmg144
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CA economics -- tax everyone as much as you can
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 7:41:10 PM

Well now that can not be to bad, California really needs the money.
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MiataPrincess
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 1:57:07 PM

Don't speed and you won't get a ticket
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ok?
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iceywarm
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The GA(general assembly) legally removed them here after 45 people died at them. People was in more harm with them. NC has made it illegal.
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As soon as I can Im out of here Moon beam all he can do is kiss the unions a**es and raise taxes
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lazydoggs3
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:44:31 AM

ive lived in CA and am yet to get a Red Light camera ticket
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:11:27 AM

All the emissions stuff the Californias have dump on us...
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Gmsclecarparts
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 11:01:54 AM

No reason to visit or spend any money in the Nanny-state known as California.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 6:27:29 PM

At least they have great weather...
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 10:22:11 AM

ok
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Trev71
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 9:25:16 AM

If we had them here I am sure I would get a few of them tickets
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Seamus4513
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 8:53:09 AM

Its a good thing were getting rid of the red lights.
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99dakota
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The government has a huge appetite for $$$
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 3:47:42 AM

OUTLAWED as broken chain of evidence when pursued in court. HEARSAY EVIDENCE
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:12:57 PM

Fines are just taxes....

[Edited by: pilotmass at 7/30/2012 1:13:18 PM EST]
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stonecold5005
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wow
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stonecold5005
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wow
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 6:10:08 PM

Unfortunately its true
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:47:51 AM

not nice
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 6:50:29 AM

They must be running a lot of red lights in California...
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txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 10:17:11 PM

How many tickets will pay for one state pensioner at $100K per year? Answer. A lot.

[Edited by: txrojo2005 at 6/20/2012 10:17:55 PM EST]
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 6:06:42 PM

I agree
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 5:39:58 PM

red light cameras are there to generate revenues for the city and states.
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 5:38:05 PM

Don't run it and you have nothing to worry about.
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 5:15:32 PM

People that pay attention to their driving, have nothing to worry about. I do have to admit the fine is high, I can see that amount for a second offense.
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 3:26:46 PM

I've seen speeding camera in Europe. Had no idea cameras were here
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Road4Runner
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2012 7:33:37 PM

Thankful I live in Canada that $450.00 fine for red light infraction is completely outrageous. What can the American gas buddy forum do to help with getting this fine lowered?
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2012 2:29:59 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 6:30:35 AM

Red light means stop....this is not just a suggestion to stop either.
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 1:12:51 AM

Still no lights in my home town
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 1:12:27 AM

I love it! We only have one light in town!
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2012 1:07:34 AM

very true
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 2:57:59 PM

K
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:20:07 PM

Good. Maybe people will stop running them.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:34:02 AM

Ahh...California...the Governator State.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2012 12:32:31 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2012 7:21:20 AM

red light cameras or red light district?..
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Let the liberals pay. Pelosi is their queen.
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2012 8:53:35 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2012 12:15:48 AM

i don't trust red lights.
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2012 12:05:05 AM

Good for CA. Not coming to visit.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2012 6:50:03 PM

Goshforsaken revenue generators!
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2012 10:05:22 AM

Ca also has some of the worst drivers in the USA, including NYC. The cameras may help get some of the losers off the road.
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lazydoggs3
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2012 9:42:20 AM

Im glad I haven been hit with one of those fines
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 8:39:32 AM

just another tax grab
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 6:08:54 AM

figures..
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 4:26:26 AM

Many of you have commented on how important it is to keep the cameras, & that those who receive tickets deserve them. You don't take into account the mistakes made by errors in the equipment, & simple clerical & processing mistakes that result in tickets that should not have been issued to the recipient in the first place. Then there is the issue of safety! How many drivers will SPEED UP to try to squeeze thru a light when they know there's a camera there? What about a bus full of students or other passengers that does not have seat belts, or a heavily loaded truck. Should the bus driver have to slam on the brakes to avoid a possible violation & thereby put the passengers at risk, or the truck driver that may not be able to suddenly stop his rig without endangering those around him. How about a vehicle being tailgated so that a quick stop ensures that the car behind you will slam into your rear end? Sometimes safety dictates that the best response is to carefully proceed through the intersection. I'm all for SAFETY, and therefore rather encourage safe and defensive driving practices such as watching the road & lights up ahead of you, checking for cross traffic before going thru intersections, driving at or near the speed limit, maintaining proper following distances, and being ready to take evasive action to avoid an accident, etc.
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Viking2MD
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 3:18:17 PM

Very steep fine. Red light and speed cameras may serve a purpose, but that is mainly for boosting revenues and not improving safety. If there must be red light cameras for safety then there should be national standards for length of yellow, at least daily calibration, checks on companies that install and monitor them, and companion lights counting down the seconds to change from green to red. There also should be consistency in policies, ie: owner or driver responsible for ticket (and ease of getting ticket reassigned to driver- my spouse went through numerous attempts with DC traffic department before giving up and paying the fine), reporting of violation to MVA/DMV, insurance companies, credit agencies, having scofflaws booted or towed. That being said most people cannot afford the time or hassle of going to a hearing or court to argue the charge, and unless you have refuting evidence such as photos or calibration tests, you're not likely to have it thrown out. There are a couple of good Message Links Posted by: greentre GB Feb 6, 2012 11:02:29 PM, one regarding not having to pay the fines in L.A., & the other about standards for the lenght of yellow lights.
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 12:33:28 PM

Yes these fines are ridiculously high.
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