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New Mexico City to Cut Off Gas and Water Utilities For Criminals Who Don't Pay Traffic Fines

 
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New Mexico City to Cut Off Gas and Water Utilities For Criminals Who Don't Pay Traffic Fines
I for one think this is great -- why should these people be able to break the law and get away with not paying their fines?

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New Mexico: City Shuts Off Water, Sewer for Photo Ticket Nonpayment
Las Cruces, New Mexico is threatening to cut off water, gas and sewer service over unpaid red light and speed camera tickets.

With more and more vehicle owners simply deciding refuse to pay red light camera and speed camera tickets, private, for-profit companies and municipalities are growing increasingly desperate.

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On Monday, Las Cruces, New Mexico announced it would shut off the utilities of city residents who refused to pay Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that owns and operates the cameras.

"The city is notifying offenders by mail that they have until the due date stated in the letter to pay the fines or make satisfactory payment arrangements," a Las Cruces press release warned. "Failure to comply will result in termination of utilities services."

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rockon
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So you're cheering on the "government" for screwing people who refuse to pay bogus traffic tickets?
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So you're cheering on the "government" for screwing people who refuse to pay bogus traffic tickets?
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Running a red light is a "bogus" ticket? I guess you've never been t-boned by a red light runner.
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Pay the officer cash and you'll never get your gas or water shut off.

This easy payment plan is coming to a neighborhood soon near you.
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Yet photo tickets are crap, so many have hit the wrong car...

What a joke.
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Ever been to Mexico City ? About 40% of all of the utility hookups are all pirated and illegal.
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By the Way, HOW do you shut off the sewer? There are no valves there...
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They cant just prevent you from renewing your license like every other state?

Impatience.
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rockon
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9943244


So you're cheering on the "government" for screwing people who refuse to pay bogus traffic tickets?
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Running a red light is a "bogus" ticket? I guess you've never been t-boned by a red light runner.
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Those cameras are for "revenue enhancement", not preventing accidents.

People who habitually run red lights don't give a shit if there's a camera there or not.
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New Mexico, much different than Mexico. This really surprises me, in Albuquerque they shut down all the red light cameras and took them away, we voted for that. Las Cruces is behind the times and a borderline city close to border with Mexico.
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Red light cameras are a crock of !!!!. My wife received one in the mail once. It was for stopping for only 2.8 seconds of the mandatory 3 seconds!
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Red light cameras are a crock of !!!!. My wife received one in the mail once. It was for stopping for only 2.8 seconds of the mandatory 3 seconds!
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Before turning right on a red that is
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Red light cameras are a crock of !!!!. My wife received one in the mail once. It was for stopping for only 2.8 seconds of the mandatory 3 seconds!
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Before turning right on a red that is
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I did not realize that you had a time constraint. I thought stopping was stopping - ie, non movement of tire, for a tenth of a second or days, whats the difference???
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Red light cameras are a crock of !!!!. My wife received one in the mail once. It was for stopping for only 2.8 seconds of the mandatory 3 seconds!
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The law is that you come to a COMPLETE stop before making a right turn on red. Your wife was doing wrong, and she got busted. Problem?
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Red light cameras are a crock of !!!!. My wife received one in the mail once. It was for stopping for only 2.8 seconds of the mandatory 3 seconds!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9287724


The law is that you come to a COMPLETE stop before making a right turn on red. Your wife was doing wrong, and she got busted. Problem?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9943244


And a COMPLETE stop means you sit in one place for how long?

A minute? A day? Three weeks?
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04/25/2012 05:17 PM
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Agreed, red light cameras are a joke and completely illegal.

I am constantly in shock every time I see where we have allowed our country to become..

We allow people with extreme paranoia to control us, all in the name of safety and security, for examples:

Red Light cameras
TSA
Seat belt laws
Child safety seats for 8 year olds
Rear facing seats for 2 yr olds (where are they suppose to put their legs, up their nose?)
Id for white out
ID for markers
ID for over the counter meds & limits on how much you can buy
ID for Cleansers
ID for lighters
ID for car additives

This isn't even the tip of the iceberg, and it is way out of control..

Still the brainwashed masses will defend all the above because of a handful of instances over the history of car and flight!

Ridiculous





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Seems like more and more cities are removing those cameras because it cost more to operate then the revenue it is generating.

We all remember the song and dance, "these are for public safety", yet when new state or city reps are voted, they blown the lid and say it was just a shell to raise revenue.
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This reeks of desperation. I doubt it will work in practice.

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