So they resorted to guessing

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
November 30, 2010 8:35pm CST
Thankful in my state those traffic camera are mostly dummy units and the one that do work cannot be used unless a patrol officer is present which to me is some what dumb because the cop will just give you the ticket on the spot anyways. Now to the point of this discussion. Susan White of Troy, New York was sent a traffic citation from North Miami Beach Florida. This is were all the problems started. First the license plate was completely blurry so several of the letters where not clear enough to make out. Second the car was a Chevy, hers was a Kia. Third the day that she was accused of running the red light she was in her home city of Troy working. Fourth she has never been to North Miami Beach. She found out that American Traffic Solution who administers the traffic cameras for the city just simply guess. Right here Susan White is probably steaming but it does get better. As I said American Traffic Solution is a contractor company that administers traffic camera for several cities including North Miami Beach. Problem for Ms. White is that the return address on the letter was from Tempe, AZ but the billing address was from Cincinnati, OH. So Ms. White is think that this is a scam, would you? I mean think about it if you got a traffic ticket for N. Miami Beach, FL, the return address is in Tempe, AZ, and the billing address in Cincinnati, OH wouldn't you think that it was a scam? http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Greetings-from-Florida-A-wrong-ticket-562212.php
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@Elixiress (3893)
1 Dec 10
I would take it up with my local police officers. Firstly, they will know whether it is a scam or not. Secondly, if she has proof that she was not in the place that the cameras apparently place her then she will not have to pay the fine / get the points. Thirdly, I wouldn't ignore it because if it is not a scam, ignoring a letter from the authorities can be dangerous whether they are making up false charges or not.
@vicereine (458)
• United States
1 Dec 10
Of course I would and I would take that citation to my nearest police station and tell them to look into it. I mean it should state where it is from exactly and it should have a seal on it from the state it was issued in. I know because I have gotten a ticket for going through an ez pass toll and did not know it. I was new to the Houston area and got lost and accidentally got on a toll road with only easy pass stations. So they sent me a $16 ticket in the mail from Houston Texas at the Department of Motor Vehicles or something like that. It had a very clear picture of the license plate and the back end of the car. Those traffic cameras are extremely accurate and would not give a blurry picture. I think definitely this is someone who is trying to make a quick buck and fooling people into thinking they got traffic tickets.
@flowerchilde (12538)
• United States
1 Dec 10
It would make me angry having to mess with it, make phone calls etc.. and I might think it was a scam.. How ridiculous!!!
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
1 Dec 10
I wouldn't necessarily think it's a scam only because I know for a fact that there are only 3 companies that run those cameras. Two of them (the largest two) are based in Arizona and one is in Texas. I only know this obscure fact because of Los Angeles and their pathetic attempt at a boycott of Arizona after that immigration law. They realized that it would cost them millions. Seattle had the same problem with their little boycott effort. The billing address in Ohio would certainly cause me to raise my eyebrows. I would just call Miami PD or Miami-Dade sheriff's office and tell them that their camera just sent me a citation that is flat out impossible since I wasn't anywhere near there. Personally I hate traffic cams and speed cams and I don't believe they should be able to give tickets. It's just a load of garbage to increase revenues by punishing the local populace.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
1 Dec 10
I sure hope she's suing the City!! And make money off them. My City got sued for that (it was called entrapment - and mainly because they didn't provide any warning about the cameras). And the group won a lot of money and the City had to uninstall the cameras. Now they have all these warning signs all over about cameras but no cameras. But I know the next City over is making a ton of money off those things especially by the city college.