Red Light Camera Law – Bait and Switch By Senator Joe Simitian

PAFreePress:  Mr. Simitian, Redflex, a Redlight Camera Company, helped you write your Red Light Camera Bill, SB 1303, yet you have promoted your Bill as being inspired by a victim of a Red Light Camera Company without mentioning Reflex’s input into drafting your Bill, is this a deliberate attempt on your part to deceive the public?

Mr. Simitian:   No comment.

PAFreePress:  Mr. Simitian you have promoted your Bill as protecting drivers like Vera Gil, making it easier for her and other drivers to fight wrongfully issued tickets, yet your Bill will actually make it more difficult for Gil and others to fight tickets by denying drivers to challenge their accuser in court.  Have you deceived Vera Gil into believing you have helped her when you have actually made it more difficult her to fight a ticket?

Mr. Simitian:   No comment.

On Senator Simitian’s own website and through the media he has championed his Red Light Camera Bill, SB 1303, as protecting the rights of Californian’s by making it easier to fight wrongfully ticketed drivers.

Vera Gil who won Sen. Simitian’s “there outa be a law” contest received five erroneous Red Light Cameras tickets due to a computer/camera glitch in misreading her license plate.  Gil was informed by the company who issued her the falsified tickets that, “IT WOULD BE COST PROHIBITIVE AND WE WOULD NOT MAKE ANY MONEY IF WE DID THAT.” Vera Gill

Recently obtained documents, (RLC – Red Light Camera Package (8-28-12), indicate that representatives, lobbyists from RedFlex, worked with Sen. Simitian on adding this provision which would allow hearsay evidence and actually make it more difficult for drivers to fight their tickets contrary to what Sen. Simitian is proclaiming to the public.

In a memo, Redflex states that their lobbyist met with the Senator’s staff and requested that the Senator codify the hearsay acceptance by superseding case law.  Attorney Frank Iwawa who has vigorously and successfully defended drivers issued Red Light Tickets said that the cases of Goldsmith and Borzakian are being heard by the California Supreme Court to be settled.  It appears that Redflex and Simitian are trying to circumvent the Supreme Court’s pending decision on hearsay evidence.

Not only will Senator Simitian’s Bill supersede case law, but existing codified law, Penal Codes Penal Codes 836. (a) (1) and 19.7 which state that a peace officer can only arrest a person for a misdemeanor and or cite a person for an infraction when the offense has been committed in the officer’s presence.

“Unfortunately, in order for a motorist to be cited for an infraction, it would have to be witnessed by an officer. No, I don’t mean witnessed via video or digital camera, but live,” CHP Public Information Officer Art Montiel said.  (ContraCostaTimes.Com May 28, 2012  Gary Richards)

Contrary to  Article 1 Section 7. (b) of the California Constitution  Senator Simitan’s Bill which was written with the help of and for the benefit of Redflex will allow Redflex to issue tickets and prosecute California citizens in traffic/criminal court something that no other citizen is allowed to do.

The Bill SB 1303 is on Governor Browns desk to be signed into law or vetoed.   Gov. Brown’s office or call 916-445-2841)

RLC – Red Light Camera Package (8-28-12)


3 Replies to “Red Light Camera Law – Bait and Switch By Senator Joe Simitian”

  1. Every motorist in California needs to know about Snitch Tickets, the fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by California police to bluff the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. (In NorCal, Citrus Hts, Daly City, Elk Grove, Hayward, Marysville, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Modesto, Newark, Redding, San Mateo, San Leandro, South SF and Stockton use them.) Snitch Tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don’t say “Notice to Appear,” don’t have the court’s addr. and phone #, and usually say (on the back, in small letters), “Do not contact the court about this notice.” Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term. And once you understand how tricky a Snitch Ticket is, tell your friends who live in or visit California about them, so that they won’t get tricked.

    Also, a REAL camera ticket from ANY city in LA County can be ignored, as the LA courts do not report ignored tickets to the DMV. (This was revealed in multiple LA Times articles last summer. It is applicable ONLY to cities in LA county.)

  2. I called several legislators and recently sent an email to Governor Brown–to no avail. Brown signed this HORRIBLE bill yesterday.

    Has anyone seen yesterday’s press release from Simitian? He continues to lie about what this new law will do. He must have a bicoastal proboscis by now!

    I find it ironic that, in his 9/28/12 veto message for Simitian’s SB 1310 (increasing cell phone usage/texting violation penalties), Brown wrote that he “found even a $50 ticket unpleasant enough.” What does he think $600 (ticket + court fee + traffic school) for an alleged rolling right turn will do to a good driver who is barely making it financially (and does not own a stupid cell phone)? This bill makes it much harder for any innocent driver–particularly a poor one–to mount a successful defense.

    The red light camera system is a seriously flawed system. Shame on Simitian, the California legislature, and our governor for not putting legal and ethical considerations over the desire to make a buck.

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