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Old 06-02-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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So says the local paper. The authorities are claiming that this will help in catching car thieves, victims of abductions and other uses for getway cars. On the surface this sounds great, but I have a sneaky feeling this will be a better way to grab the "low lying fruit." Think about it, how often will they catch the big fish they are looking for compared to the thousands of people driving around (in desperation) without proper insurance and/or registration? Not to mention those driving around with warrants out for their arrests for minor offenses. The boon of tickets will bring in tons of cash for the cities/counties.

Perhaps this might be the intial intention, but I have a feeling that in short time, these cameras will be used to terrorize the everyday Floridian trying to get from point A to B to make ends meet even the unsuspecting ones.

This is my opinion. What are yours?
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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So says the local paper. The authorities are claiming that this will help in catching car thieves, victims of abductions and other uses for getway cars. On the surface this sounds great, but I have a sneaky feeling this will be a better way to grab the "low lying fruit." Think about it, how often will they catch the big fish they are looking for compared to the thousands of people driving around (in desperation) without proper insurance and/or registration? Not to mention those driving around with warrants out for their arrests for minor offenses. The boon of tickets will bring in tons of cash for the cities/counties.

Perhaps this might be the intial intention, but I have a feeling that in short time, these cameras will be used to terrorize the everyday Floridian trying to get from point A to B to make ends meet even the unsuspecting ones.

This is my opinion. What are yours?
I think yours is spot-on.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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I think it's a good idea...if you have nothing to hide, why worry ??? Doral police was the 1st to start with this about a year ago....other departments are catching on.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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I'm sure the idea is to catch expired registrations. Since the fees went up, Im sure many people are not renewing.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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How would this "terrorize" us? You still can't be pulled over without legal cause, and if there is legal cause (like...er...you're breaking the law) they have a duty to bother you anyway!
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: The Woodlands Tamarac, FL
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How would this "terrorize" us? You still can't be pulled over without legal cause, and if there is legal cause (like...er...you're breaking the law) they have a duty to bother you anyway!
Your right hurricaneman.

Also, don't forget: Since property taxes are down, so are city revenues. Now I'm not sure about BSO but towns are hurting so any type of revenue will help. I stay above the law and have nothing to hide so I don't worry about it.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Sure, one supposedly should have nothing to worry about if they have everything is up to par, however, for all the financially strapped folks in car intense Florida, living from check to check who might be a check or two from being able to update that tag, woe be unto them. Florida is NOT NY with mass transit all around to escape being possibly being pulled over until you can afford to take care of such issues. Most people HAVE to drive to get to work, pick up kids, do their work and so on. It becomes a catch-22 and a big chance. This new system is bound to catch many who would not have been caught just by a cop happening up behind them. KACHING!!!

They say these cameras can "read" a tag from some 50 feet away from different directions or something to that effect. The official word might be that they are trying to catch bad guys, but when all is said and done, the "bad guys" are going to be your neighbor, co-worker, best friend an so on. There is LOTS of potential money in pulling someone over because it can start with a ticket and end with a court date with a few hours stay in jail and a towed car. All producing money for "the system."
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Miramar, FL
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I have no problem with it. I have nothing to hide.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: The Woodlands Tamarac, FL
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Don't forget: Driving is a privilege not a right.

Last edited by southfl1; 06-03-2010 at 08:58 AM.. Reason: got that wrong!
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Don't forget: Driving is a privilege not a right.
I see you are right in the same community where my kids live with my ex. They are closer to Rock Island.
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