In a case that has tremendous implications for Kern County, a California
appeals court blocked a proposed class-action lawsuit against red light
cameras in Los Angeles.
Howard v. GC Services began when Mr. Howard received a red-light camera citation in the mail.
But the Concord resident resided about 300 miles from Los Angeles, and
he had not been to SoCal in nearly 15 years. Rather ironically, the fact
that the ticket was such an obvious fake convinced the court to halt his
proposed class-action lawsuit against red light cameras. The court concluded
that Mr. Howard was clearly a victim of identity theft, so he was not
in the same situation as the other class-action plaintiffs, and there
was no way of telling what collection letters the other members received,
so they were not all the same.
As a result of this ruling, the contractor can keep issuing red light tickets.
Red Light Cameras
politician recently described red light cameras as “a kernel of a good idea
[that got] put  on steroids and managed to anger a significant amount
of the population.” That phrase pretty much sums up the red light
camera experience in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and other California cities.
Municipalities need revenue, and in the
post-Proposition 13 era, which capped property tax increases, the money needed to come from somewhere.
At the same time, there is no doubt that t-bone crashes at intersections
cause major physical injury and property damage. So, the city fathers
thought, why not kill two birds with one stone?
But, in today’s political landscape, it is perfectly acceptable for
governments to raise a significant portion of their revenue through traffic
tickets. And, until governments make safety a priority over moneymaking
and ensure that these citations are handed out legally, red light cameras and
speeding cameras will be favored.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
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