No To Electronic Tickets

Thursday, February 20, 2014

No to electronic tickets and here's why. 

1st - A ticket is a ticket. There's not a municipality in our county that has support for ticket cameras with their citizens. East Ridge businesses fought to keep the cameras out. Red Bank citizens made their feelings clear and voted new officials in that disconnected their cameras. As citizens we have the right to face our accuser. We've made it clear, we do not want traffic cameras or lasers.  

2nd - Politicians, like Sheriff Hammond, argue a patrol car sitting and operating a laser ticket machine would reduce speeders. I believe a patrol car sitting or patrolling that street will reduce speeders. Ask yourself a question. If you are speeding and pass a patrol car are you going to think 'is that officer running a laser machine?' Or are you going to think 'is that officer about to pull me over?' Either way, it is very likely you'll reduce your speed.

I've written tickets on Fairview Road attempting to make it safer. There are two lane roads that are dangerous. People do speed but a police presence greatly diminishes that.

3rd - Officers need more contact with citizens not less. A laser machine doesn't know you're speeding because your wife is in labor. It doesn't know you're trying to get to your children. An officer can speak to you and perhaps lend assistance to you and your family.

4th - Many criminals have been arrested due to a traffic stop.  Fugitives and drug smugglers aren't found by running a laser. Real police work produces real results. Traffic stops work. 

So, I disagree with the current sheriff. I disagree with laser produced tickets.

Only two candidates are running for sheriff; myself and the incumbent. We are running in the Republican primary and whichever candidate wins that race will be your sheriff.

If elected as your sheriff I, Chris Harvey, will not have these lasers as apart of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Vote in the Republican primary and vote for change. Vote Chris Harvey.

Chris Harvey

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