Did Diana Serafin really become a hero for stopping the City of Murrieta for using red light cameras? She says the city’s motive was about revenue, not the safety of our citizens. What was her motive? Her friend got a red light camera ticket and had to pay a large fine and fees. Will the fine and fees be that much lower when a driver gets a red light ticket from an officer who observes the violation and issues a citation? And if one of Serafin’s friends gets a radar ticket, will her next goal be to stop officers from using radar/laser devices to enforce speed laws? What did the red light cameras hurt?
Did her friend not notice the signs along the roadway, prior to the intersection, stating that photo cameras were posted at the intersection? Luckily, the friend of Serafin only ran the red light and didn’t collide with another vehicle in the intersection who had the right of way. Oh wait, it was the camera’s fault for Serafin’s friend running the red light, not inattention to the roadway and conditions.
I received a red light camera ticket in Northern California and, after all the fines, fees, traffic school, etc., I paid out almost $700. Was I upset? You bet! But it was no one’s fault but my own for not paying full attention to the driving conditions.
Thankfully, I did not collide with any vehicles or pedestrians. Hopefully, no one will be seriously injured, or killed in those intersections that had the red light cameras, but we’ll never know if the cameras could have deterred that one person from stopping for the red light. There is no stat to show how many drivers slowed enough when they saw that the intersection was monitored by the red light cameras. Diana Serafin did not do justice for the drivers that drive in the City of Murrieta and neither did those that voted with her.