As I’ve suggested everyone do, I contacted my representatives in Denver to ask them to support the bill on banning photo enforcement. Honestly, I didn’t expect a response from either one of them. Mike Johnston and Angela Williams are both big government tax and spend liberals (Williams proposed the “Amazon Tax” yet again). I did however receive a response from Johnston, but I’m convinced it was a copy and paste message, probably done by one of his staff.
We found out in a CBS article that Johnston is a scamera supporter. Read this little soundbite of utter ignorance and nonsense:
“If you don’t think evidence gathered by technology overseed by a person confronted by witnesses in court is fair, you should also probably outlaw that crazy device that a policeman has to hold in his car that shoots radar to tell how fast your car goes,” said State Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver.
Wrong, Mr. Johnston! Wrong!
See my response to our scamera loving friend:
Thank you for your response, however, while your e-mail did not reveal where you stand on the issue, your recent statement in a CBS 4 article has. You apparently do not have the facts you need to make a proper decision on this issue. You said: “If you don’t think evidence gathered by technology overseed by a person confronted by witnesses in court is fair, you should also probably outlaw that crazy device that a policeman has to hold in his car that shoots radar to tell how fast your car goes.”
You miss the most important aspect of the matter. Cities are using photo radar and red light camera technologies as a cash grab. The cities themselves are not setting up the devices with the intention of improving safety. Denver’s own auditor revealed that the intersections with red light cameras were not the most dangerous intersections in the city. Why then, would they install them at intersections with less accidents, but higher traffic counts?
Comparing red light cameras and photo radar to actual law enforcement work is, frankly, unfair to the law enforcement professionals who put their life on the line to ensure our safety. You can get caught (or perhaps not if you use one of those special legislative plates) by photo enforcement multiple times and you will NEVER be removed from the driving public. As long as you can pay the fines, or dodge the process server or certified mail you’re in the clear.
Meanwhile, the companies who provide these services are laughing all the way to the bank. They managed to fool the city into buying their sales pitch and they pocket the majority of the money giving a small pittance to the city. This is why private corporations should never profit from law enforcement. As a Democrat I’m surprised you would side with these companies. They are rife with scandals and corruption. They bribe city officials, make “campaign donations” to have their business legitimized, and do whatever it takes to profit from the public. Their business model is despicable, and anyone who supports them is despicable as well.
Still no response from Williams, but given her love for taxes I doubt I’ll have one.