I recently had the joy of appearing in Suffolk County Traffic Court in Hauppauge [“Accidents and red-light cameras,” News, April 10].
Hundreds of people, one by one, appeared before the judges in multiple courtrooms to plead their cases, trying to avoid an $80-or-more penalty, because cars registered in their names were caught on camera not abiding by the letter of the law.
It was made clear that the court didn’t care who drove the car. The owner may have been guilty of nothing more than letting someone who needed it borrow his car.
Also, the judges made it clear that there weren’t questions of whether public safety was compromised. If the camera caught you not coming to a complete stop before turning right on a red light, or if you stopped your car over a white line on the road, you were guilty, even if no other cars were in sight or affected.
No exceptions, no common sense, no mercy.
Ronald W. Stelzer, Centereach