red light camera CBS 2 News David Goldstein Investigates Snitch Tickets From Red Light Cameras

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David Goldstein from CBS 2 News joined us this morning to discuss his latest investigative report about red light camera tickets. He’s revealing a trick a number of local law enforcement agencies use in order to track down drivers caught by the cameras, but by law is not legal.


His report sets the record straight about authorities’ sneaky trick to try to positively identify drivers caught on camera, and unless you know your rights, you can be duped.

In order to trace down drivers caught on red light cameras, police have been issuing what is referred to as “snitch tickets” to drives that can’t be identified in the photo. By law, police can’t issue a ticket to someone unless they’ve been positively identified from the red light camera, but they’ve found a way around it.

A lot of the time, the red light camera photo doesn’t match the photo in the DMV file for the registered driver. Local authorities will then mail an official looking “notice” to the vehicle owner that looks like an official citation, but really isn’t.

These “snitch tickets” are attempts to get the car owner to fess up to who was caught driving during the red light violation in order to positively identify the driver for a traffic ticket. David Goldstein goes further into the investigation on tonight’s broadcast on CBS 2 News at 11 p.m.

  1. RainbowRay says:

    We had something like that In Toronto a few years back’ it was called “Photo Radar”. Police would leave radars just like the one in the above picture and try to capture speeding drivers by camera and send them the picture from the license plate number by mail with the fine.

    It lasted for a little while, but never really caught on and there were to many complaints of “violation of privacy” from the public; more like “violation of idiot drivers on the road” if you ask me. Personally, I’m kind of for it and there has been talk about bringing it back, but in an altered format in the future. Go figure!


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