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Posted at 8:21 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Ticketed by a camera

By John R. Posniak, Alexandria

Once again The Post has by its own admission subjugated the Constitution to “common sense” [“Red-light cameras: Q.E.D.,” editorial, Feb. 6].

Citing a self-serving insurance lobby study, the paper deemed the right to confront one’s accuser less important than feeding the District’s coffers. Moreover, the editorial raised the question: If committing a traffic infraction in the presence of a police officer is punishable by fines and points, why are no points assessed for the same infraction witnessed by only a camera?

By John R. Posniak, Alexandria  | February 8, 2011; 8:21 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., traffic, transportation  
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Because there is no proof as to the identity of the driver. The owner of the car is assessed the fine; it's up to that person to determine who the driver was.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 9, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

On a slightly larger scale, I've noticed that the proliferation of cameras has coincided with a decrease in the enforcement of vehicle licensing regulations. I'm guessing it's because the Police are focusing their attention elsewhere, but that's not going to make me feel any better if I get hit by an uninsured driver (insurance being equivalent to current vehicle registration).

Posted by: momosity1 | February 9, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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