Photo radar is a clear and present danger to the citizens and motorists of Portland. The City of Portland has been scamming you and taking your money, all in the name of safety. Well, here are some facts to consider. First, the City of Portland LIED to the Sentate Transportation Committee when it was seeking approval for the program in the first place. How did they lie....you'll love this one. When the Senate brought up questions about privacy issues, the City of Portland responded by telling them that the malied tickets would NOT INCLUDE a photograph....well, guess what....when you get a photo radar ticket mailed to you.....there IS A PHOTOGRAPH inside with it! Lie number one, Portland.
Second, the City of Portland makes the claim that the reason photo radar is needed "because speeding cars threaten the safety of our children and compromise the livability our neighborhoods." Well, that's probably why the program was set up to be used ONLY in residential areas and school zones for these very reasons. However, leave it to the City of Portland to see slant to a new game...shooting fish in a barrel. So, what did they do? You guessed it! Now the City of Portland went to the Senate and asked for the law to be ammended to allow the photo radar program to be used where ever the City saw fit to use it, such as on busy main streets and freeway on-ramps! Wow....the City must have just been salivating when they came up with that one!
Even when you go into court armed with FACTS to set out before a trier-of-fact (Judge), you have to remember that the Judge, especially PRO-TEM judges, are always going to be looking at the best of interests of the State. They are supposed to be impartial and try cases according to what the law states, not their own personal opinion about what the law shoud be according to them. The judge in my case (start of this thread), is by all means not FIT TO BE A JUDGE. She rules in favor of the State 99% of the time, even when you bring hard evidence into court! The City's program is rigged, period. The City COUNTS on people just sending in their FINES and not going to court. However, should you go to court (oh no!, how dare you!), they will still send their officer who can NOT TESTIFY that they saw you speeding! They have to go soley on the information obtained from a piece of technology, which even has its own INTERNAL calibration! We are to take the word of a machine that can fail, to be judged on!
Oregonians need to wake up and start putting pressure, hard pressure, on our elected officials. Start holding people accountable for their actions they have taken against the citizens and motorists of this great state. 23 OTHER states have OUTLAWED photo radar enforcement. It is a violation of your constitutional rights and just plain old illegal and inaccurate.
In an effort to draw much needed attention to this issue, we have come up with a high profile program called Operation Zero, which should be quite effective in targeting the City's illegal photo radar units in a perfectly legal manner. The primary goal is to SHUT DOWN the photo radar program for good. Our efforts will be broadcast to the media via an official press release which should generate some good publicty for Operation Zero, and at the same time put bad publicity where it belongs with the City of Portland and our elected officials. More details will be released here and elsewhere soon. Thanks.