Exposing The Blue Line has a great post on how you can avoiding paying the state’s traffic-camera extortion racket:

So, down to the brass tax. You’ve gotten a traffic camera ticket. You have received a warning from the government that because you crossed an imaginary line that you are subject to legal extortion. If you fail to pay your penance, you face imprisonment in a cage. If you still refuse to submit your will to the state deity, have no doubt, they will send someone like me and he will kill you. That $50 fine isn’t sounding so bad now, is it?

This article has been floating around the web for a while now. It is the best guide for dealing with a traffic camera ticket in my opinion. You can modify his response to tailor to any camera initiated citation. Remember, the burden of proof lies on the state. You are not required to prove your innocence. They must prove you guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you’re not familiar with legal terminology, reasonable doubt is the highest burden of proof for the state. It means just what it says, a prosecutor must prove you’re guilty beyond any reasonable doubt any juror might have. If a doubt exists in a jurors mind, they must be instructed to vote not guilty. This is very different than the preponderance of evidence, which is typically the burden of proof in civil trials. This is where the scales of justice analogy come in, where 51% would be enough to swing in a plaintiffs favor in such cases.

I recommend reading the articles linked to above. A lot of really good information. Below is the letter sent  in from the ballsy revolutionary from our second article to his supreme overlords concerning his death threats received by mail. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

To Whom it May Concern,

 

I received a letter claiming I committed a violation of a speeding law in the District of Columbia on 04/21/2012. As per the instructions, I am writing to plead ‘not guilty’ to this charge. Although this option is said to result in this matter going to court; it is my suggestion that the charges simply be dropped. This suggestion comes out of respect for tax payers, and my request that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings. As there is no evidence of my involvement with this alleged ‘crime’, as well as the fact that I am not granted my 6th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I also see find no legal requirement for me to implicate someone else in this process, as it is the government’s responsibility to prove a person’s guilt. It is also my 5th amendment right to remain silent on the matter.If it is the government’s decision to move forward in this matter, I would request copies of any evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the “offense”; as well as, all maintenance records for the camera(s) involved.

In today’s world, it is absolutely essential that one knows how to properly deal with the police, tickets, fines and any of the other myriad of ways governments like to squeeze money and time out of people.

Know your rights, never talk to the police, and always use that camera in your pocket.