The Democrat and Chronicle's report on City employees' exemption from red-light camera fines today makes the headline on Drudge. And it's not just the police. All City of Rochester employees are exempt. A red-light aristocracy!
What could illustrate better the bottomless sleaziness of the red-light camera racket?
This site has warned against the abusive money extortion racket represented by red-light cameras since their first consideration as a money making scheme by Rochester City Council. "We're going to make a lot of money," the then-President of City Council exulted after an early presentation to the Council by one of the red-light camera companies.
Can a local government selectively enforce a law that applies to all? We hope the answer is No. A suit challenging the practice would be a fine pro bono project for a civic minded attorney.
Until that happens, drivers should resist every possible way: pleading not guilty, demanding a hearing, making the City go through every step.
Let's make enforcement of this disgrace as difficult and expensive as possible for the greedy and slovenly government that enacted it.
Prior entries on the City of Rochester's red-light racket:
"We're Going to Make a Lot of Money" - 2/3/2010
Ka-Ching: To Collect and to Serve - 5/7/2010
The People Win One -- 7/30/2010
Red-Light Cameras: A Primer -- 8/6/2010
Hypocrisy from City Hall -- 9/29/2010