As of February 2023, that is, next month, more than 200 devices will come into force that will serve to detect a series of faults that, until now, could only be detected by traffic agents.
To date, the fines controlled through electronic cameras are only:
2. Red light crossing
3. Access to a prohibited area or lane
With this modification are added:
4. The non-use of the seat belt,
5. Cell phone use while driving and,
6. The transfer in an improper way.
What does this mean? That not only traffic agents will be able to issue these fines, but the new devices will capture images when any of the aforementioned cases occur, and these images will be used to make the well-known “photo fines”.
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With this, for example, it seeks to eliminate the habit of using the cell phone while driving and “hiding” it when seeing a traffic agent controlling the corners.
In turn, to avoid violations of the right to privacy, it was confirmed that “at no time will the driver’s face be visible. And if there was a companion, he covers himself with a black box ”.
One point in favor of the use of devices is that the manual fines issued by the transit agent, where there are no images of the alleged offense committed, are increasingly left aside. Thus, little by little, the most commonly used defense argument today of “the word of the traffic agent VS that of the driver” will be eliminated, since images will always be available to prove the offense committed.
One point against it is that the devices, being electronic, can capture situations similar to those that are prohibited. An example would be the use of a mate or other food at the wheel. In this regard, transit have said that “the image is a presumption, there will always be a controller that determines that there is indeed a fault.”
It must be taken into account that infractions, in addition to their economic penalty, have a discount of points from the personal scoring system, which implies that if the 20 points that the system counts are lost and it reaches 0, the offender is disqualified from driving.
For this reason, it is important not to forget that every driver has the right to defend himself against fines that he considers poorly drawn up or unfair, and this right is exercised through a discharge. Although it can be done without legal representation, we advise it to present valid arguments -since only one can be presented-.
* The authors are specialists in Defense of Traffic Tickets and Special Offenses, in charge of the area at Iezzi & Varone.
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