We continue to be amazed at the commercialization and profit-centered efforts turning law enforcement into an industry. These efforts include: DUI Arrest contests; private jails; grants; private cameras; or having property seized and sold at auctions. The grants for enforcement are for their efforts against drugs (usually marijuana/cannabis) and driving under the influence. The private cameras placed are placed on public lands generating millions for out-of-state entities at the expense of those ticketed, arrested.
The incentive to arrest first came to our attention when we noticed expensive equipment being awarded by public and private organizations to police agencies that met certain targets for traffic law enforcement. We have written about DUI arrest contests repeatedly.
Disturbing DUI Arrest Contests
We have written about these disconcerting DUI arrest contests in Florida cases repeatedly:
Before you believe that Florida DUI officers do not have an incentive for DUI arrest, there was a recent DUI Award Banquet Honoring Florida Highway Patrol giving away equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars.
DUI Attorney on Florida’s West Coast just uncovered the “rules” for a recent DUI Arrest Contest. The awards are characterized as DUI enforcement equipment, some of it valued at thousands of dollars. As a Criminal Defense Attorney, I am not …
Police Are Taking Vehicles
DUI Florida Vehicle Forfeited – $17,000
Appeals court rules on forfeiture of a vehicle following a conviction for felony driving under the influence.
Appeals court rules (in a case where W.F. ”Casey” Ebsary, Jr. was not the attorney of record) that forfeiture of a vehicle following the conviction for felony driving under influence DUI / DWI constituted a punishment. The court found that the loss of the defendant’s vehicle was subject to a proportionality analysis. Conclusion: Forfeiture of $17,000 vehicle was not grossly disproportionate to defendant vehicle owner’s repeated DUI and related offenses.
Source: 34 Fla. L. Weekly D787a
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Florida DUI Vehicle Forfeiture
Source: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/subindex/traffic/red_light_camsTampa Redlight Camera Map
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A cop from Southwest Florida explains how they decide to issue Red light camera / Traffic Camera citations. With one small Florida town bagging nearly a …
Red-light Cameras Are Legal
The Florida Supreme Court ruled on May 3, 2018, preserving the red-light camera law. Tickets carry a $158 fine. The University of South Florida’s John Large, PhD, Barbara Orban, PhD, and Etienne Pracht, PhD, found in their peer-reviewed statistical analysis that red light cameras do NOT save lives and do NOT save money. They found several government-funded studies actually stated injury or severe crashes increased with the red light cameras. Many Florida cities say they won’t be using them.