Mea Culpa – Maybe

For the second time in less than six months, the Mafioso red-light camera installed at a major thoroughfare nailed me. I could appeal the fine, but that really isn’t cost effective. This is legal extortion.

The city mails your citation that provides a website for you to watch the video of your offense. The video would support my claim that the light changed, as I was one fourth through my right hand turn. My options were to pass safely through a changing yellow light on a right hand turn or risk being rammed by the three other vehicles behind me.

These drivers turned on the light that turned red immediately after my right turn. One of the cars sported a popular and highly regarded auto insurance logo plastered all over the car. I’m not saying which auto insurance company, but its spokesperson is female, with big red lips and snappy banter.

The argument is the cameras are beneficial and free law enforcement officers to monitor locations that are more dangerous.

If so, why are they never around to see people running red lights at four way intersections? Why don’t they see people turning right or left from the center lane? Try finding an officer when some idiot eases over into my lane while talking on the cell phone.

I might feel better if the ticket proceeds were used to maintain streets in the neighborhood where the traffic camera is located. That isn’t happening in my neighborhood. There is a crater at the end of my street that would hold a SUV…….or a traffic camera.

Mea Culpa? Maybe