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Pueblo Police Help City Steal From Taxpayers

Published On March 12, 2014 | By CopBlock | Articles

Todd Kochis shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Irony in the City of Pueblo, Colorado where the Police Department refuses to acknowledge a citizen’s right to photo and video journalism, the same Police Department is assisting the city in what appears to be felony fraud of its citizens. The fraud would amount to more than $421,000.00 in tickets being issued using camera and video technology during 2011 and 2012.

The City of Pueblo, Colorado installed “Red Light Cameras” in 2009 and the Pueblo Police Department issues tickets to citizens’ who fail to stop for red lights and are captured on video. The city’s reasoning for the cameras is to increase safety, but the video below suggests it may be to increase revenue. In the video it appears the yellow light last for 3.5 seconds and not the standard 3.6 second guideline from the Colorado Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This difference of 1/10 of a second is equal to approximately 5 feet 9 inches in distance at 35 MPH. Other recordings, in my possession, show “non-camera” intersections meeting the standards set forth by the MUTCD.

In the 2012 Pueblo Police Department Annual Report, the Pueblo Police Department omits mention of a reduction in accidents for the camera targeted intersections. Further, the 2011 Pueblo Police Department Annual Report acknowledges success and states, “There was also a 40% reduction in the number of broad-side accidents at these intersections with a 16% increase in rear-end collisions, indicating more drivers slowing for the yellow light.” As you can see, this statement again omits mentions of a reduction in total accidents, only an increase of rear-end collisions supporting the shorter, non-standard, yellow light intervals seen in the video above. These non-standard yellow light intervals may lead to serious injury or even death; I question if the City of Pueblo and the Pueblo Police Department consider $421,000.00 in revenue more important than a citizen’s life?

I have always believed, “Photography is NOT a Crime,” however, in the City of Pueblo, Colorado it just may be a crime.

The Pueblo Police Department Public Information Officer (PIO) is: Sergeant Eric Gonzales.

Sergeant Gonzales’ contact information is as follows:
 Office – (719) 553-2582
 Cell – (719) 568-8939

Sources: Listed in the video description

Todd Kochis

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  • Shawn

    Tallahassee FL got caught reducing the yellow to about 2 seconds. There is only one reason for a short yellow and a camera. Money. They are more than willing to see people killed, if it produces red light offenders.

  • Michael White

    That 421K will be needed for the lawsuits if they don’t allow people to film the police.

  • John Q Public

    All those cameras are designed to do is generate revenue. A bunch of places are suspending their use because they are inaccurate and the yellow times being changed. They also do very little to prevent accidents. I hope some case makes it to the Supreme Court and they are done away with altogether. I’m just glad there are no cameras where I live.

  • Dion Aryann Whitt

    Dang skippy Shawn… they are all after the all mighty dollar.

  • Jake C

    I don’t believe in the red light cameras. They are prone to mistakes and are inconsistant. I have no problem with them being taken down. San Diego took their cameras down last year. I read this from an article I thought was interesting. It generically breaks down how the money is used from the tickets from these cameras.

    Nearly 200,000 tickets carrying fines in the tens of millions of dollars have been issued since the cameras were turned on in August 1998.

    After the county and the state took their share of fine revenue, the city received about $1.9 million for the tickets in fiscal year 2011. The city kept about $200,000 after paying the officers who issued the tickets, a camera vendor and other costs.

    “U-T San Diego”

    I’m not advocating red light cameras. I’m just posting the monitary side of things.

  • Ghost

    Fucking moron.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Actually, in many places where red light cameras are present have seen an increase in property-only accidents. People are so afraid of them they often slam on the brakes as soon as it turns yellow.

    Often cases are thrown out when a driver challenges the ticket from a camera as you cannot question a camera.

  • steve

    Well said JQP and I have to agree.

  • steve

    I have to agree with you on this. They do seem to cause accidents. I worked an intersection near the Ritz hotel in Naples a couplke years ago were they were plastered every where in that intersectin, all day long accident after accident before my eyes.

  • steve

    Nothing but a revenue generator and taking the job of the traffic officer away.

  • RadicalDude

    “All those cameras are designed to do is generate revenue.”

    Standard operating procedure for the police, about 70%+ of police activity is just financial predation/piracy/extortion. Maybe a little less than 30% serves any legitimate “protection” purpose/function. It’s about a 2:1 ratio, cops cause about double the amount of harm to society compared to the net benefit, in my estimate.

  • Jake C

    I thought you don’t like officers? Why do you want more of them?

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    It’s even worse at night when the flash of the camera (if equipped) spook the driver and he or she loses control of their vehicle. I’ve seen that first hand.

  • John Q Public

    Where do you derive your “estimate” from?