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Red-Light Camera Ticketed Funeral Procession in Miami

Posted by FactReal on July 6, 2011

The red-light camera video shows the police officers escorting the funeral procession:
Via WSVN 7 News – Miami
Red light cameras: Say those words and some people start to steam. But now, a stunning story of a funeral procession that was ticketed, and even worse, it seems clear that no one even watched the tapes before the violations were sent out. […]

Pedro Dominguez, Mother’s Funeral Ticketed…On that day in May, Pedro buried his mother. Now, a month later, he is in a battle over his funeral procession.

Pedro Dominguez: “In the funeral procession on the way to the park, we got red light camera tickets from the city of Opa-Locka.”

Take a look at the videos.

You can see the red light cameras flashing as the funeral procession goes through 135th Street and 27th Avenue in Opa-Locka.

You may have also noticed the three police officers the family hired, stopping traffic for the procession.

Pedro Dominguez: “You can see my mom’s hearse, the limo, everybody going through the red light at the officer’s advisement. He’s leading us through the red light.”

The limo with family members got a $158 ticket. Pedro got a $158 ticket. At least three other cars got tickets, tickets signed by an Opa-Locka police officer who left his badge number.

Pedro Dominguez: “They ticketed my mother’s funeral. The words just escape me.”

Pedro then filed an appeal with American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona company that runs the cameras. They denied his appeal. […]

Pedro says anyone who watches the tape can clearly see the officer in the middle of the intersection stopping traffic, the officer at the top on the right in the intersection and the police officer following the procession.

Pedro says clearly, no one watched the red light tapes. […]

Howard Finkelstein, 7 News Legal Expert: “You can drive through the red light if an officer waves you through, and in fact, the law specifically mentions funeral processions being allowed through. In this case, more than one person didn’t do their job.” […]

Howard Finkelstein: “This shows that the red light cameras are truly just a cash cow for the state and government agencies, because obviously, they are not even reviewing some videos to see if the person is innocent or guilty. If you think there is any doubt about your ticket, fight it.” […]

[Reporter] Patrick Fraser: “The politicians say the red light cameras are not about cash, it’s about making people safer. If you go by the people who call the Help Me Howard line, the only thing it’s doing is making them angrier. If you got a violation that you think proves no one is watching the videos, send it to your state legislators. They are the ones who approved the red light cameras.

Check the video here.

Controversies of Red Light Cameras


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