Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Electronic Citations for Traffic Violations

January 27, 2014
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  • January 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    Joe says:
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    This proposed bill is not only an excuse to increase fines, but also going to make law enforcement into glorified meter maids. A lot of criminals are caught during routine traffic stops. Just this month a girl was saved after a routine traffic stop. http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Aggravated-Kidding-Charges-Stem-From-Routine-Traffic-Stop-239947911.html
    Lastly, if E-tickets are supposed to make the police more efficient, shouldn’t our fines be lowered?

    • January 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm
      Jim says:
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      I’m sorry – is this the Onion?

  • January 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    Termite says:
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    What an embarrassment to Okla. This idea is so wrought with problems and wrongful convictions. How does the cop know who the driver is without personal contact? Every person has the right to be confronted by their accusers. And the worst part is, if this bill passes, what’s next our email addresses on our license plate?
    Get a grip, Oklahoma. This ex-cop now legislature is probably the one at McDonalds grabbing all the free cop food and just to damn lazy to get our of his car, if he can.

  • January 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    Sam says:
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    So they don’t even have to get out of the car to issue a ticket? So you don’t know you got one til you check your email? Oh NO there will be NO abuse of that LOL Cops will just rack up their quota in 2 hours for the month. so you don’t get to confront the officer and ask why he ticketed you? There is no rapport? Well, that sounds unconstitional. You have a right to speak to your accuser. The officer can just hide in his car and fling tickets left and right LOL

    • January 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm
      KY jw says:
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      Yes there are several problems with this concept; however, the email is going to the county clerk NOT the driver. I imagine the notice for the ticket would be done the same way traffic camera tickets are sent to vehicle owners in many jurisdictions.

  • January 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    Goober says:
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    Good luck trying to prove the email arrived, and was read by the person the car is registered to.

    And, for that matter, that the registered owner was driving.

  • January 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    • January 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm
      Marc says:
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      It’s idiots like you that give Psychopaths a bad name.

  • January 27, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    Bill says:
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    How does the officer know who is driving the car?
    The car could be stolen and not reported yet.
    the driver may or may not be the owner.
    I guess just ticket the car and assume the owner was speeding right?

  • January 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    Bob Fish says:
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    Timothy McVeigh and countless others would have loved this law.

  • January 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm
    Maatt says:
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    Hello and bright blessings to you, I am a Nigerian prince who witnessed you speeding…

  • January 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    Tomsans says:
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    By allowing them to submit electronic citations, they’d no longer have to leave the safety of their car.”

    Yeah because that’s what being a police officer is all about, filling your ticket quota for the revenue, not you know protecting people and stopping dangerous criminals.

  • January 28, 2014 at 10:51 am
    Stephen says:
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    Sounds like Traffic cameras but not mention traffic cameras to hide what they really are trying to do.

    Traffic stops ARE SAFETY STOPS! “emailing” is just a BILLING Exercise and NOT safety!

  • January 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    AJ says:
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    SO how, exactly, are the officers going to ge the license, registration and proof of insurance? Further proof htat the lawmakers have no idea how the real world actually works.

  • January 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm
    SA says:
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    @AJ, many states already handle insurance online. NY and TX come to mind – there’s no reason that verification couldn’t be handled from the car or some central point. NY uses license plate readers to verify registration while in motion, from patrol cars and from stationary points. Licenses could probably be handled the same way as they are in red light cameras, with a presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle is operating it and the burden to prove otherwise on the owner.

    This may not be a brilliant idea, but if that’s the case, there are far stronger arguments against it to be made.

  • January 29, 2014 at 10:00 am
    Marc says:
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    1. Enforcement will be a nightmare, is it the owner driving, the son from college, the daughter going to high school, the wife or a buddy back from Afghanistan?
    2. This is clearly aimed at Sheriff Offices, because District Clerks DO NOT handle Police Dept Tickets.
    3. Sheriff Offices write few tickets in Oklahoma, mostly it is OHP and Police Depts.
    4. This is going to upset a lot of municipal clerks who depend upon fees to sustain their agencies and supplement a municipalities annual budget.

  • January 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm
    Benjamin says:
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    After speaking with State Senator McAffrey, he has decided to pull the bill.

    • January 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm
      I think you misspelled a word, Benjamin says:
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      Should the last word not be “bull”?

  • February 10, 2014 at 12:54 am
    Thom Slawyer says:
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    There are serious issues with the concept. Individuals going between private destinations are not “Traffic”. Watch, the language is very sneaky. ‘Traffic’ statutes apply to for-hire ‘Drivers’ and ‘Operators’ (etc) of ‘Vehicles’ and ‘Motor Vehicles’ etc, who are hauling cargo for corporate profit or hauling -paid- passengers for corporate profit. Most destinations undertaken by individuals are not ‘for-hire’, and are in no way ‘traffic’, and subsequently are not covered nor regulable by corporate ‘Traffic’ statutes. As a private individual the road was paid for by you and belongs to you and you may use it when and as you will. Maintaining a ‘drivers license’ does not automatically surrender your private rights, as you are simply extending the State the courtesy of having a corporate ‘Drivers’ license In Case you might ever need to haul people or cargo for-profit .. which your current actions do not include. So, .. how does the proposed system read your mind from a 30 feet away to determine the private or corporate nature of your trip? At best it could either not function at all .. or else perfunctorily and automatically violate the rights of every innocent person encountered. It has no middle ground.



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