Photo Radar – Why Did it Send Me a Ticket in the Mail?



Law enforcements ability to write traffic tickets has limitations. For one, a law enforcement official can only pull over and write one citation at a time. The governments found this to be too time consuming and it cost too much money.

With the rapid development of technology, clever ways have been developed to make the process speedier.

So the government in its great ‘wisdom’ decided it wasn’t collecting enough money with the old system.

There were just too many elements that was involved with an actual police officer pulling you over to hand out a citation. The first thing was having to hire the officer himself to pull you over. Next he had to pull you over with his police vehicle which is expensive in itself. And then what he let you off with just a warning?

And last, in the time it took the officer to pull you over and write a ticket, many more people go speeding by, so there was money lost from not pulling them over!

So photo radar was introduced to take handing out tickets to a whole new level. They can do the job of many officers.

Talk about customer service, there’s no longer a need to have an officer pull you over. A photo radar, or traffic camera, simply takes a picture and mails it to you!

Since it was deployed photo enforcement has increased revenue for municipalities that employ it, maximized enforcement resources for other duties, and increased conviction rates in traffic court. Also drivers insurance rates went up.

Currently only 20 states or so use the photo radar for speeding detection, but it is on the rise.

The photo radar is growing in popularity simply because of the points stated previously.

Many cities are beginning to join the growing ranks of municipalities using photo radar because of the automaticity of its revenue generation.

Cash strapped cities are finding out that when they install photo radar it gives them immediate money generation.

Looking at it from the municipalities’ point of view it makes perfect sense. One photo enforcement unit can do the work of what would normally take a small army of real officers.

How does a photo radar work you may ask? Think of it as a radar gun and a high quality camera rolled up into one. It gets programmed to take a photo of your license plate at a certain speed.

For instance say the speed limit of a particular road is set at 45 mph, the photo radar can be set to activate if it detects a speed over 50 mph.

When a car passes the photo enforcement unit and is traveling faster than the predetermined cut off point it will snap a photo of your license plate. And so it goes 24/7, courtesy of big brother hundreds of people can be cited this way.

On the following day the pictures will be accessed and gone through by several people.

What the examiners are looking for is the clarity of the picture and if the plate number can be read.

Once the legible pictures from the photo radar have been determined and the license plate numbers ran through the bureau of motor vehicles database, if the car is registered to say, a female, and there is a female driving the vehicle, BINGO, a speeding ticket will be on its way to the registered owners address.

This process is repeated until all the pictures from the photo radar have been gone through, until the next batch arrives. Photo radar enforcement is on the rise, hopefully this article will give you a heads up about it.


Source by Steven Swihart

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