Posted by sdcaraccidentlaw - April 5, 2017 11:01 am
This past February, Assemblyman David Chiu proposed a bill in San Francisco which calls for a five-year pilot program for speed cameras that can send tickets to the registered owners of cars that allegedly exceed the posted speed limit. If implemented, the bill would only apply to San Francisco and San Jose; however many see it as a way to test the policy for the entire state. Although the bill appears to have stalled in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, Chiu stated that it will be back with possible amendments on April 18.
As proposed, the speed cameras would operate similarly to red-light cameras. Administrative hearings, similar to parking tickets, would be used instead of Superior Court hearings. With the goal of reducing injuries and fatalities, the cameras would be installed on streets with documented collisions due to speeding. A similar system has been in place in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years, but the cameras across the pond are generally disliked by most motorists. Many motorists do not believe that the cameras fail to provide due process and do not contribute to safety.
The bill would not require the cameras to capture a photo of the driver, thus leaving the registered owner of the vehicle responsible even if that person wasn’t behind the wheel. It would also require the Department of Motor Vehicles to refuse to renew vehicle registrations if the owner has not paid the civil penalties and any delinquent fees. In other words, the speeding tickets would be exactly like a parking ticket. Jay S. Carsman, the former Los Angeles Department of Transportation parking systems coordinator who is credited with moving parking tickets from the courts to administrative hearings is one of the main opponents of the bill.
In a letter, Carsman writes that millions of California motorists will be denied meaningful justice due to “the unrelenting demands for substantial revenue growth, the blanket authority granted to each local agency to adjust their schedule of fines and late payment penalties, and the time limits and monetary demands placed upon motorist wishing to contest their citation” which according to him is made even worse when combined with a “corrupt system of inflated fines and penalties.” Also, he urges the state to not make the same mistake made with parking citations by “adding any motor vehicle moving violation to a similar legal status.”
Those who believe that the proposed bill will not decrease accidents related to speeding argue that drivers will simply slow down for the cameras once they are aware of the location of these devices. Nonetheless Chiu insists that speed cameras would make California roads safer, stating that “we know how to fix this crisis on our streets. It is time we take this important step to put an end to these senseless traffic fatalities.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speeding contributes to more than 9,500 deaths each year. The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi urges all drivers to always adhere to the speed limit. Speeding could place you at fault for a crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call our experienced car accident lawyers today at 619-577-4957 for a free consultation.