There was a time when a lucky driver might get away with having committed a traffic offense. As long as no police officer was around to see any misdeeds then regardless of the dangers caused by his or her behavior, he would not be held accountable. Missed stop signs, run red lights and other violations of traffic law would go unnoticed, thanks to spotty enforcement on the part of police departments struggling for funds and manpower. Suffice it say things have changed. A technological renaissance has enabled police departments to perform their traffic duties with increasing sophistication and accuracy in the form of cameras which catch drivers speeding, running red lights, and making illegal turns.
In Georgia, a $10 technology fee has been attached to many traffic tickets because police officers are now equipped with handheld electronic devices to give tickets out at a faster rate. The device can scan a driver’s license and electronically send ticket information into a database.
Police departments only win by implementing these systems, allowing them to rake in massive revenues for relatively low costs. The usage of better technology reduces the need for officers to spend precious time writing up traffic citations on streets and parkways, allowing them to focus on reducing more serious crime. State lawmakers have every reason to support these systems as well, as state governments also make money from fines and tickets.
The upshot of all this technology is that traffic violations are more likely to be caught, documented and punished more effectively. Even relatively minor traffic ordinances, once impossible to enforce, can be captured on film and used to deprive drivers of a nice chunk of change. But regardless of the public annoyance at these devices, they are unlikely to be removed anytime soon. They simply generate too much revenue, especially when the fees can be passed on to traffic violators.
NY and NJ have already signaled a desire to expand the use of these enforcement systems in 2013. Legislation has been drafted as we speak to increase the cost of fines and make traffic cameras and newer technology more common. Ultimately, drivers in the tri-state area should exercise increased caution and make sure to abide by the rules of the road. As “Big Brother” becomes ever-present, the era of the maverick driver who evades tickets and police laziness may soon be over.
If you fear your tickets might land you in legal trouble, call a lawyer as soon as you can. Avoid the headache of going to court, paying heavy fines and points on your insurance. Contact The Rosenblum Law Firm at 888-883-5529 where our staff of qualified legal professionals can help get you the best results.