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Database Loophole Lets Legislators Avoid Photo Radar Tickets 165

Posted by timothy
from the public-choice-theory-at-play dept.
lemur3 writes "State legislators in Colorado have not been receiving speeding tickets due to inadequacies in the implementation of a DMV database. The current system ties plates to vehicles rather than to individuals, the special plates for legislators are issued to individuals. The result is that there is no entry in the database for the special plates when the automated photo radar system is triggered, this means nobody receives a citation. In one case a Colorado resident, who had vanity plates reading '33,' received the photo radar citations intended for Senator Mike Johnston representing district 33, whose vehicle was identified by a '33' on his special plate. Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police, speaking of the system commented, 'Our system works, the database works. What needs to happen is the state's database need to be complete.'"
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Database Loophole Lets Legislators Avoid Photo Radar Tickets

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  • by Vlad_the_Inhaler (32958) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @12:23PM (#44277641) Homepage

    The way this works in Germany is that two pictures are taken - one of the numberplate and one of the driver. I received a letter several years ago saying that my car had been caught speeding and that the driver was obviously not me - their face recognition software recognised a female driver. The photo was included and my (by then ex-) girlfriend paid the fine.
    German courts do not consider the numberplate alone to be adequate ID, a practice going back decades.

  • by AHuxley (892839) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @12:39PM (#44277753) Homepage Journal
    Lawmakers driving between legislative events have immunity from prosecution under legislative privilege.
    A tight vote could be swayed by stopping a few key political people.
    So they write in a free movment rule - the ability not to be stopped while going ~to vote.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 14, 2013 @01:04PM (#44277933)

    Accept the 1% "masters" feel you're nothing more than cattle - annoying cattle, nothing more: Accept that rules don't apply to the 1% fools - accept it, idiots! They are clearly above the law, this only shows you more of it, along with their political puppets. Get outta line?? We sick the IRS attack dogs on you, digging for dirt! Do more of that??? Well, then we just 'keep digging' by surveilling every move you make. Don't worry - we will merely "reinterpret" existing laws, putting a "spin" on what they actually mean, vs. what you're doing. Ah, yes - it is just easy to then make a "criminal" out of you (even though we as the 1%'ers create more criminality, death & thievery than all of you combined and on actual real crimes like murder - politicians commit to that, everyday). You? You're shit, and that, IS that. Now, how does that make you feel?? Angry??? You OUGHT TO FUCKING BE! You did this, to yourselves. You *think* the lying sociopaths in political power actually give a flying FUCK about what you think? LOL! All they care about is what anyone like them does: POWER, and CONTROL (it's their drug, and symptomatic of what's wrong with their kind inside - they know they're pulling shit, blowing out laws and rights folks supposedly are guaranteed, and getting away with it, because you LET them!).

  • by Khyber (864651) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Sunday July 14, 2013 @07:47PM (#44280561) Homepage Journal

    Plenty of reason. You should spend some time in prison forming, masking and printing license plates like I did before you start asking such asinine questions.

    And in reality, you don't even have to spend time in prison. There's a big difference between a personalized '33' plate and a Gov't plate with '33' recognizable in the upper right or far right side of the plate, doesn't matter the state, because the gov't plates all look almost the EXACT same. No designs, simple letters in a standardized font, etc. Hel plates were one way we used to play 'Spot the Cop' back in my teenage years (1995+)

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