Largely in response to public anger over the issue, a proposed measure
would slash the fine for a rolling stop through a stoplight in Bakersfield.
Statistics vary, but according to most statistics, the vast majority of
red light camera violators are motorists who do not come to a complete
stop before making a right turn on a red light; in San Francisco, these
infractions account for
98 percent of the red light camera citations. Senate Bill 681, which is currently
in committee, would reduce the total fine for “California stops”
from $490 to $250. State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) recently reintroduced
the legislation after it died in the previous session.
The government estimates that rolling right turns cause about 0.04 percent
of Kern County traffic crashes.
Revenue v Safety
Theoretically, traffic ticket fines reflect a balance between these two
competing interests. Both of them are legitimate: the government needs
money and roads need to be safe. But traffic ticket fines have
increased exponentially in recent years, and according to many, the scales are hopelessly out
Now, instead of a way to encourage drivers to be more careful, penalty
assessments are little more than a
back-door tax increase. That is why this measure, and others like it, has failed before, and
it will probably fail again. When legislators hand out tax breaks, which
are few and far between as it is, the beneficiaries will never be traffic
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