Vote yes on Amendment 3 on November 4th
I'm back and I'm pissed.
From this story in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
"What they (Redflex) will do is they'll come in and have our data, which is the same data we've used throughout the process, and then they'll do their own survey," Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Wednesday. "They'll look at it to see if their survey backs up our data ... then they'll determine what intersections they will be in."
Redflex is making the decisions. Bad, very bad.
FOUND - Six (6) village idiots. If your village has lost its idiot, please contact the Knoxville City Council. Six of them were seen there on the evening of November 8th. Please be prepared to identify. More information can be found here.
I got a phone call a few minutes ago from a friend telling me that WATE had reported earlier this morning that Steve Hall had dropped out of the City Council race. STEVE DID NOT DROP OUT OF THE RACE!! He is still in the race and if you were planning to vote for him, please do so.
What about unpaid citations, does the City of Knoxville have to cover them This clause is on page 9.
(E) Prosecution of Citations: Compensation. The City shall diligently prosecute Citations, and Redflex shall have the right to receive, and the City shall be obligated to pay, the compensation set forth on Exhibit D attached hereto.
The problem this presents is if someone doesn’t pay a citation, will Redflex still receive compensation for the citation? According to this, it should and the City will have to pay Redflex from their share. I've been playing around with some numbers. It looks like during the time when Redflex and the City of Knoxville would be splitting the money 85/15, if 20% don't pay their citations, the city will be losing money.
The big problem with this is that several years ago, the Knoxville City Court, which would be the court that would have jurisdiction over these citations, had over a million dollars of unpaid fines. This news report is from 2001 and I’m worried that things haven’t changed since then.
Another question is if someone successfully fights a citation, will the City have to make up the difference? Maybe that's why there is no plan for letting people contest citations.
Michael Silence had this about the proposed contract for Redflex to install red light cameras in Knoxville.
However, the contract refers to the first $4,500 that comes from “Designated Intersection Approach” and not “each intersection”. On page 3, (F) has the definition for “Designated Intersection Approach” as those set forth in Exhibit A. However, in Exhibit A, it refers to “implementation of up to 15 intersections”. The question is then, in the compensation part, are they talking about having cameras set up at 15 intersections or at each of the approaches (which is usually 4) at each of the 15 intersections?
Then there is this on page 7 of the contract. “(N) “Intersection Approach” means a conduit of travel with up to four (4) contiguous lanes from the curb (e.g.. northbound, southbound, eastbound or westbound) on which at least one (1) system has been installed by RedFlex for the purposes of facilitating Photo Red Light Enforcement by the City.”
Let’s go back to Redflex’s share for the first $4,500, which would be $3,825. $3,825 x 12 = $45.900 That is for 1 year for 1 location. Multiply that by 15 intersections and you get $688,500 but only if they mean intersections and not approaches the way. If they consider each intersection to have the possibility of 4 “Designated Intersection Approaches”, which I think is what they mean, then that could up their compensation to $2,754,000 each year. ($688,500 x 4).
I don't know about you, but I don't like it.
I got to see the new movie Serenity Tuesday night. It's good. It's I'm-going-to-start-going-to-movies-again good.