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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Red light petition a go

Green Party, COAST hop on board NAACP's no-red-light-camera bandwagon.

The NAACP announced last year it would file petitions for a charter amendment to prevent the cameras from being installed. Chris Finney, COAST's lawyer, agreed to do the legal legwork for free.

Tuesday NAACP President Christopher Smitherman made this announcement to its membership: The petitions are ready for signing.

"On Tuesday February 14, 2008 Attorney Christopher Finney filed a petition against red light cameras with the City of Cincinnati. City Council continues to posture that they will install red light cameras.

The Cincinnati NAACP is petitioning the government to have the voters of Cincinnati decide whether red light cameras should be installed. We need 8,000 valid signatures of Cincinnati voters to place the issue on the November ballot. The Green Party and Coast who were strong partners in the collection of signatures for the jail tax have joined the NAACP's efforts to collect signatures. We are honored to have their endorsement. Citizens who want to sign the petition can go by the NAACP office at 4439 Reading Road. Citizens who want to collect signatures can sign out a petition starting Friday, February 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM. The NAACP office number is (513) 281-1900. The NAACP membership again is advising City Council to not place cameras in our neighborhoods. Smitherman says, "City Council should not use red light camera revenue to balance the city budget. All citizens have the constitutional right to face their accusers in court. The mere nature of a camera taking a picture of a citizen's license plate undermines Cincinnati citizen's civil liberties". The Cincinnati NAACP's leadership is very confident that we will collect the needed signatures to place the red light camera issue on the ballot. "


at 2:59 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? How did Pat DeWine miss this photo-op With his buddies?

at 3:34 PM, February 14, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

They should collect signatures at busy intersections where people routinely risk their lives simply trying to cross the street.

at 3:50 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here I thought Chris Finney was no longer running the COASTers...LOL...So much for that false story.

Finney remains the Puppetmaster-in-Chief of this fringe group.

at 3:53 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see it on the ballot. I'd vote for it in a heartbeat. Hopefully people who are stopped in the middle of an intersection when the light changes also get tickets.

at 4:15 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless these folks. When the government starts filming its citizens, the slippery slope gets even more slippery.
We cannot allow this, or slowly, over time, the government will be filming us coming out of our houses and getting in our cars and getting out of our cars and going into work.
The concept is sick--and red light cameras are just the beginning.
Know that...

at 4:33 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quim, these cameras are to generate revenue, not for public safety. Council isn't really trying to pretend otherwise because if anything, they cause accidents. Get a clue!

at 5:11 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the latest moronic behavior of our Council.

Let's see, we need a million more dollars in the City's coffers, so what can we do?

Their idea: "Let's let a company from New Jersey come in here and screw our citizens out of 6 million in tickets, they give the City 1 million and send the other 5 million to New Jersey."

Has anybody stopped to think about this idea? Moron!

I for one will never, ever pay one of these phony tickets. First, I'll deface my license plates with some nice mud that just happened to splash up on the plate, then, I'll post up the location of every one of the cameras, then, I'll get a nice mirrored sun visor, then, if they do send me a ticket, I'll fight it like it was Osama on the other end of it.

Screw City Council. you people think this is a good idea? Wait till you find out that voters are the stooges who are getting these tickets and they aren't gonna like paying $150 to drive to work.

at 8:09 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really that hard to follow the law ? Post 9/11 we should have a camera on every corner. Let's see... just perhaps we could also find all of the "missing" witnesses to the drive-by shootings that Mr. Smitherman so desperately wants to protect! Go council.

at 1:16 AM, February 15, 2008 Blogger Nathan Wissman said...

I have to say that I am with COAST and the Greens on this one. Council has decided to put these camera's up for the sheer purpose of raising money. They haven't even bothered yet to make any sort of public safety claim. If there really was some out cry about public safty and dangerous interesections, I would support an action like this. Since the sole purpose of the red light camera plan is to raise revenue, I cannot support it.

at 6:15 AM, February 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman is so freaking stupid. The "accuser" in this case is the State, be it the City, the County, the State (of Ohio) or the USA.

The accuser is not the cop who otherwise would ticket you, nor the camera in this case. The cop would be a witness. In this case the photo is evidence.

I can't wait for the ballot initiative to be dismissed on the law.

What a moron.

at 11:17 AM, February 15, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

Most cage pilots just don't get it.
The yellow light means to clear the intersection. You are not supposed to speed up, you are supposed to stop or get out of the intersection.
It takes a while for people's sluggish cars to get going, so, after the light turns green, it takes a second to respond & get the big heavy car moving. This makes running red lights workable from an auto-only perspective. A pedestrian, cyclist or a person in an electric wheelchair can get going right away. The electric wheelchairs especially ! (those things move !) These people are in serious danger of red light runners (criminals).
The cage pilots are so lost in their auto-centric world that they just don't understand anything other than their own mode of transit.
Another way to deal with the issue would be to put the stakes in the road that rise up during a red light, puncturing the tires of the criminal & doing who knows what damage to the rest of their car. The city could forego fines in that scenario, I guess.

at 11:43 AM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Smitherman is STUPID!

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