If you have been ticketed at the intersection of
Ming Avenue and
Valley Plaza intersection, then you know how frustrating it is to be given a ticket
for a red light camera. But if you drive one of the thousands of vehicles
registered to a motorist that works with one of 1,800 California state
and local agencies, you could block your address under a state program
and speed right through the intersection without worry.
It's all part of a program created 30 years ago called the Confidential
Records Program, and it includes hundreds of thousands of public employees
from police to museum guards along with their spouses and children. According
to a recent report on Fox News, authorities don't even know who is
on the list.
This is a case where membership appears to have its privileges. Perks include
speeding through red light camera intersections, breezing through the
state's 91 toll lanes and disregarding parking tickets. A recent stop
by a CHP officer of an airport traffic worker vehicle revealed more than
$34,805.95 in unpaid penalties. The officer stopped the car when he saw
the driver go through the express toll land without paying, for the 470th time.
What started out back in the 1970s as a California state program to withhold
police officers' addresses and information as a safety measure, expanded
to include judges, prosecutors and legislators. More than two decades
later, the list grew to include city council members, prison guards, investigators
and National Park Service rangers.
If you receive a photo ticket in the mail, don't immediate think you
must pay it. These tickets are successfully challenged in court all the
time and many result in a complete dismissal of the case.