Many California counties do not allow their citizen’s to go to jail for a traffic violation unless it is a hit and run or alcohol/drug related; Unfortunately, Sacramento is not one of those counties.
One Sacramento resident, whom had never been in trouble with the law, shared that they ended up in jail, lost their job and their license because of a red-light photo violation.
The resident claims that they no longer resided at the address where the red-light photo violation happened so when Sacramento traffic court notified them via mail, they had no knowledge of the correspondence.
The red-light photo violation fine is a set rate with the minimum payment being $480.00 and the maximum payment being $480.00 as well. There is no disputing or bargaining the red-light photo violation fine amount, one can only enter a plea and establish innocence or guilt in court unlike other traffic fines where bargaining of payment amount is routine.
See:Red Light Camera Citations: Sacramento Superior Court
While all driver’s are dependent on responsible adults to make the best choice in their driving practice, even those driver’s one would consider more responsible than the majority of driver’s challenge yellow lights by speeding up a bit to breeze through.
Red light photo violation’s do not cater to driver’s who are more than half-way through an intersection when a light turn’s red and this small error can turn one’s life upside down in an instant.
The combination of being assessed a fine and failing to appear in court to pay that fine for a red-light violation in Sacramento can mean that a warrant for your arrest is issued and your fine can be increased by, at least, an additional $300.00.
The resident who shared their story claimed that the red-light photo violation went to an alternate address and that they found out about the infraction when they were pulled over for having a tail light out on one side.
The resident ended up in jail with outrageous fines hanging over their head, lost their job as their employer assumed they were being dishonest about their behavior and/or the incident because they could not believe a red light photo would have so much power.
The resident also lost their driver’s license, their apartment and has developed a dependence on alcohol as a direct result of being homeless claiming that they began drinking alcohol to keep warm during the ice-cold Sacramento winter months.
In correlation, such is the life-style of what is referred to as, “the 99%.” Should components of life be linked in such a way where one incident can ruin ones entire life? Moreover, the red-light photo process is an example of technocracy, if society were to move to a technocratic system of operation, how would such issues be regarded?
The Sacramento African American Issues Examiner is actually favorable of a technocratic society where instead of police officer’s keeping citizen’s in line, such system’s like the red-light photo machine would orchestrate justice. However, the Sacramento African American Issues Examiner does not support a system that has the power to malign an individual’s entire existence the way this article describes.
What are your idea’s? How could society move to a system of technocracy but also ensure that machine’s are not aligned with power to destroy a human life in such a way? In our current judicial system, their is much room for error both technologically and humanly. Are human’s capable of programming technology to act without bias? Or, should humans be forever dependent upon other human opinion of their behavior where bias and prejudice are a constant influence?
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