San Bernardino, CA terminates red-light-camera program, but doesn't tell the public!
By Martin Hill
December 20, 2012
The city of San Bernardino, CA, 55 miles east of Los Angeles, has terminated their red-light camera program. The specific reasons for the cancellation have not been disclosed, but the news was garnered from City of San Bernardino Deputy City Attorney Shauna M. Britton, who admitted the termination in response to a public records request. The editor of HighwayRobbery.net, the leading website opposing the big-brother revenue cams, shared the following information with LibertyFight.com Wednesday night:
"The City of San Bernardino's red light camera program has been terminated, and therefore we no longer have access to the same information that ATS used to provide to us. Therefore, the City does not have any additional documents/information to provide in response to your request."
Her email was the first I heard of the termination. No doubt it occurred to city officials to keep it quiet, so that people would continue to come to the court and pay their tickets - I estimate 40 - 50 paid daily. (Sometime before May 2012 the city turned on a bunch of new cameras and cranked up ticket issuance to about 1500 monthly.)
As far as I know there's been nothing in the Sun or other media. I suspect that the folks at the Sun knew about it but kept it quiet, out of misguided loyalty to the city.
I am writing to you because we need to take immediate action to get the word out. If I could, I would be outside the courthouse doors tomorrow morning, telling people to fight their tickets, not pay. The reason that I think that people should fight is that if the city has lost access to the ATS data I was asking for, they may also have lost access to the evidence packets they need in order to be able to prosecute contested tickets."
Motorists in California have due process rights including the right to subpoena evidence and question witnesses in traffic ticket trials. The cases will likely be dismissed if the defendant pleads NOT GUILTY and the prosecutor can not comply with the discovery request and no longer has access to all the data. The City of San Bernardino has recently issued an average of approximately 1500 red light camera tickets per month (65 per weekday). The tickets cost approximately $500 each, along with $100 more if the person opts for traffic school. If even 40 people plead guilty and pay the ticket each weekday, that is an astounding $20,000 revenue daily to the city from witless submissive citizens.
San Bernardino has conveniently made no mention of the program cancellation on their website. The neighboring City of Corona, which cancelled their program on November 5th, also made no announcement on their website and is still collecting fees from motorists.
People should plead not guilty and make the city work for that money. HelpIGotaTicket.com has a list of questions defendants can ask the prosecution witness (the officer) in court as well as a list of items to subpoena in the discovery request prior to trial. As always, LibertyFight suggests that people plead not guilty and get as many extensions as possible prior to the arraignment date to drag the matter out and bog the system down, as is our right. I have beaten over 10 tickets in court using the free info I learned at HelpIGotaTicket.com. California residents can even fight their ticket through the mail with a TRIAL BY DECLARATION. If they lose that they're entitled to a TRIAL DE NOVO (Not an appeal, but rather a brand new trial in person). This stuff is very easy and I have an entire TRAFFIC TICKET ARCHIVE section on my website dedicated to these issues, as well as a RED LIGHT CAMERA SECTION which is among the most frequently visited pages on my site. HighwayRobbery.net is an outstanding free resource for everything one needs to know about red light cameras. John Shanahan, co-founder of LibertyFight, recieved a red-light camera ticket from Corona earlier this year before their program was scrapped and is currently fighting the ticket in court. John has beaten three tickets through the mail and his stories, along with documentation, are outlined in the links here. TheNewspaper.com has published a detailed article on the San Bernardino development, but none of the mainstream media outlets have reported on it to let the people in San Bernardino know that the program has been terminated.
Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, Rense, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Veterans Today, RomanCatholicReport.com, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com