So, in 2009, I got this red light ticket - ALLEGEDLY...Submitted by mungke on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:55
and it somehow fell through the cracks until now. Apparently, never got the written notice...was looking up info about another ticket online and was directed to call a certain number.
Called the number, found out about said, alleged, red light ticket. Was told to call anotehr number, for the company that runs the red light camera scheme/fraud in this particular county.
Called camera scheme company, got some ditzy chick speaking ebonics, who told me I owed $900, and wanted to know how I would be paying. I inquired, patientily at first, as to why I was just finding out? How did this not get reported to the DMV? Can she send me proof it was me?
Camera scheme chick gets more and more upset and starts insisting that "we don't answer questions sir!" At my request she hands me over to ebonics speaking male camera scheme company. He informs me of a court date, by telephone. I ask him to send notice and a copy of the photo or other proof. "This is the only notice you're gonna get!"
That was all 9 months ago.
Recently, I research this city and read that it apparently is aware that its scheme is questionable. In fact, it doesn't do anything to enforce it. It had never called or sent written notice or notified the dmv of my 4 year old ticket, for example.
So fast forward to today, I go to traffic court. There my name is on a list of over 150 people, for a specific courtroom. I go to that courtroom and quickly realize it is the wrong place. Nothing is going on there. Go back and look at list. Yep, i read it correct.
So then I go to the only other courtroom and try to explain the error and inqure as to whether I'm in the right place. Bailiffs inform me I am and seem offended that I pointed out their error. Person after person walks in with the same complaint. The court clerk breaks the tension by stating "we're from the government and we're here to help" - which I much appreciated since he was obviously joking around.
Judge Pro Tem takes the bench. I inform him I have a red light ticket but was not given the image. He can't even take a plea, he realizes. He doesn't know what to do.
He then sets a follow up date, and instructs me to talk tot he bailiff - the one who can't create a court calendar list competently - about how to view my picture/video/image/cartoon/whatever.
Bailiff then sends me to the local police office. Ok fine, walking distance. So, I walk over there.
I go to Police Office, talk to officer A, who disappears for half an hour, no word on what happened to him. He never came back out. I sure hope he's okay.
Officer B comes out, and wants to know what he can do for me. I start to tell him and he says "yes, they shouldn't have sent you here. They always do that." I then ask if I could look at the picture or video, and even say, you can check me for weapons, whatever, I just need to see it. He then says "I can't. Only my computer can access the images and I have a bad computer virus that prevents me from viewing it at present."
He does give me another number for a second company connected with said red light camera scheme/fraud ticket scheme. This company then sends me to the site where I log in to view pics and videos of my "offence." It won't let me log in.
I figured I'd "slow blog" about it here. Any suggestions, even crazy ones? I promise not to follow any sovereign citizen methods, but it would be interesting to see what kinds of gibberish the gibbersphere thinks i should unleash!
Thanks in advance!