The Blade puts the money raised in the headline, but the actual story reveals how f--ked up this is.
1.) 239 of 892 contested red light tickets were overturned by the courts. That means one of every 4 tickets in this sample was found to be wrong. I thought the reason to have these things was because they were impartial and foolproof. Guess not. Who accepts a 1 in 4 failure rate as acceptable?
Remember, these were just the people who contested the damn things--there is no reason to think the percentage would be lower among those who just mailed in a check to save the hassle.
2.) You have to pay within 21 days or you'll be booted (adding another $75 fee to your already high fine). In essence, despite the (now published) fact that over 25% of the contested tickets are overturned, the presumption is that you are guilty.
Hello, Constitution? Anybody there?