Speed Cameras

SPEEDCAMERAS

Looks like we Stopped SPEED TRAPS IN CALIFORNIA for now. The bill failed to pass in the Assembley today. Thanks for your support. Stay tuned for updates.
Sign the petition and contact your state representatives

Assembly Bill 342 which would allow speed cameras to be used in California for the first time. The bill makes the vehicle owner responsible for the ticket, not the driver and takes away your right to a trial.

Assembly Bill 342 would eliminate virtually all current protections afforded to motorists in speed related cases and allows jurisdictions to run speed traps in their cities, ensuring that the program will be used as a revenue generation scheme, not for public safety.

Assembly Bill 342 would add to the license-scanning cameras on our streets that is part of the growing surveillance system that may be used against the public. The ACLU is alarmed by this and has filed complaints about the SF Airport scanners, that were supposedly meant to track and charge taxis, but are now tracking all the vehicles entering and exiting the area.

You can read here about all the terrible things that will happen if AB-342 becomes law.

WE NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION TODAY!

The bill will be heard in the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee on TUESDAY April 18th. So we need you to take action RIGHT NOW. If any of these links don’t work go here for the contact info: http://zjj7.r.ag.d.sendibm3.com/4fbx40a3tzf.html

1. Sign the petition at Safer Streets LA right NOW. We are close to 1000 signatures and need to get to at least 1500. When you sign, an email is automatically generated to the bill’s author, Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco, telling him of your strong opposition to his legislation. The petition will also show the Assemblymembers that will be voting on this bill that there are a huge number of people that oppose the bill. That’s critical to convincing them to vote NO.

(Note: if you have problems making it through the process, email us to let us know. And keep trying. There’s so much opposition to this bill that sometimes the site gets overloaded.)

2. Call the following Assemblymembers that serve on the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. Call both the Sacramento office and the local office. Then send a message through social media.  Even if you have called previously, call again now.

REACH OUT TO THESE LEGISLATORS TODAY. If you live in their district, make that your first call and be sure to mention you live in the district.  If you don’t, just say you are a constituent (everyone in California is a constituent) and don’t feel comfortable giving personal info.

Jacqui Irwin Capitol Office: (916) 319-2044 District office: (805) 482-1904
Represents: Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley (part)
Send a tweet: @ASM_Irwin Post on her Facebook page

Ian C. Calderon Capitol Office: (916) 319-2057 District office: (562) 692-5858
Represents: Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Norwalk, La Puente, South El Monte.
Send a tweet: @IanAD57 Post on his Facebook page

Eloise Gómez Reyes Capitol Office: (916) 319-2047 District office: (909) 381-3238
Represents: San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Colton
Send a tweet: @AsmReyes47 Post on her Facebook page

Ed Chau (Chair) Capitol Office: (916) 319-2049 District office: (323) 264-4949
Represents: San Marino, San Gabriel, Alhambra, Rosemead, Monterey Park, Temple City, Arcadia, South El Monte (part)
Post on his Facebook page

Catharine B. Baker [Republican] Capitol Office: (916) 319-2016 District office: (925) 328-1515
Represents: Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Pleasanton
Send a tweet: @CBakerAD16 Post on her Facebook page

For Extra Credit, Call these committee members as well:

Marc Berman Capitol Office: (916) 319-2024 District office: (650) 691-2121
Represents: Mountain View, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside, Cupertino, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale
Send a tweet: @AsmMarcBerman Post on his Facebook page

Jay Obernolte [Republican] Capitol Office: (916) 319-2033 District office: (760) 244-5277
Represents: Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs, Helendale, Hesperia Lucerne Valley, Needles, Victorville, Baker
Send a tweet: @JayObernolte Post on his Facebook page

Matthew Dababneh Capitol Office: (916) 319-2045 District office: (818) 904-3840
Represents: West Hills, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, Reseda, Canoga Park, Northridge, Winnetka, Chatsworth (part)
Send a tweet: @MattDababneh Post on his Facebook page

Kevin Kiley (Vice Chair) [Republican] Capitol Office: (916) 319-2006 District office: (916) 774-4430
Represents: Rocklin, Roseville, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, & vicinity
Send a tweet: @KevinKileyCA Post on his Facebook page

THIS WILL ONLY TAKE 10 MINUTES! YOU NEED TO DO THIS TODAY!

Sample Script:

Hi, My name is XXXX and I’m calling to let Assemblymember [Last Name] know that I oppose AB-342, the speed camera bill that will be heard in the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee on Tuesday. AB-342 is seriously flawed. It eliminates virtually all current protections afforded to motorists in speed related cases and allows jurisdictions to run speed traps in their cities, ensuring that the program will be used as a revenue generation scheme, not for public safety. Please tell Assemblymember [Last Name] to vote NO on AB-342.

You don’t have to use the exact wording above. In fact, it’s better if you don’t and just use your own words but either way, make the calls now!

3. Once you have completed those calls, call David Chiu’s Capitol office at (916) 319-2017 and tell him you don’t appreciate him introducing legislation that takes away your rights!

Thanks for standing up for what’s right. You can make a difference. Let your voice be heard.

AB-342 drastically changes California speed laws and enforcement in very negative ways. While some might view the use of speed cameras as a tool in promoting roadway safety,

AB-342 is seriously flawed. It eliminates virtually all current protections afforded to motorists in speed related cases and allows jurisdictions to run speed traps in their cities, ensuring that the program will be used as a revenue generation scheme, not for public safety.

AB-342 makes the vehicle owner responsible for speeding tickets and takes away a defendant’s right to a trial. Instead, the ticket is treated as a civil violation which will be adjudicated in an administrative hearing without traditional due process rights.

Sign the Petition to Protect Your Rights! Tell David Chiu you don’t appreciate his legislation that takes away your right to a trial, makes you responsible for the actions of others, and eliminates protections against cities running speed traps.

Read here about all the terrible things that will happen if AB-342 becomes law.

AB-342 will have its first hearing in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee this coming Tuesday, March 28th. Call the members of the committee and tell them you would like them to vote NO on AB-342. If you live in their district be sure to mention that when you call.

Please be polite when you call!! These committee members are not the enemy. We just need to respectfully convince them to oppose the bill.

Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee Members:
Ed Chau (Chair) Dem – LA Area (916) 319-2049
Kevin Kiley (Vice Chair) Rep – Rocklin/Auburn Area (916) 319-2006
Catharine B. Baker Rep – San Ramon (916) 319-2016
Marc Berman Dem – Mountain View (916) 319-2024
Ian C. Calderon Dem – LA Area (916) 319-2057
Matthew Dababneh Dem – LA (916) 319-2045
Jacqui Irwin Dem – Oxnard (916) 319-2044
Ash Kalra Dem – San Jose (916) 319-2027
Jay Obernolte Rep – Hesperia (916) 319-2033
Eloise Gómez Reyes Dem – San Bernardino (916) 319-2047

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