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Some Californians Exempt from Red Light Camera Tickets

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.