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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Mexico: City Shuts Off Water, Sewer for Photo Ticket Nonpayment

The red light camera tickets were designed to be revenue generators (a tax) and have nothing to do with public safety. Folks frequently just refuse to pay or can't pay these 'taxes'. One city in New Mexico is threatening to shut off water and sewer for folks who don't pay.
Las Cruces, New Mexico is threatening to cut off water, gas and sewer service over unpaid red light and speed camera tickets. With more and more vehicle owners simply deciding refuse to pay red light camera and speed camera tickets, private, for-profit companies and municipalities are growing increasingly desperate. America's second-largest city shut down its photo ticketing program last year largely because residents who could not afford the $500 citations did not pay them. On Monday, Las Cruces, New Mexico announced it would shut off the utilities of city residents who refused to pay Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that owns and operates the cameras. "The city is notifying offenders by mail that they have until the due date stated in the letter to pay the fines or make satisfactory payment arrangements," a Las Cruces press release warned. "Failure to comply will result in termination of utilities services." Las Cruces claims vehicle owners owe $2 million. To encourage payment of the $100 photo fines, the city says it will employ an ordinance the council adopted in 1988 giving itself the right to shut off utility service to residents declared delinquent for any reason. "The city may decline, fail or cease to furnish utility service to any person who may be in debt to the city for any reason...
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