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If you ve followed the local or statewide debate over red light cameras, you may know that under current law, you can t be forced to pay the ticket if someone else driving your car runs a red light. A bill working its way through Sacramento would change that.
The red light camera at Mission Inn Avenue and Lime Street was removed in November. A state bill would make significant changes to how camera programs like Riverside s are administered.
The bill, titled AB 6661 (no Satan jokes please), would make significant changes to how red light camera programs like Riverside s are administered, who can be held responsible for tickets and how the tickets are categorized as a legal violation.
Currently, if someone gets a red light camera ticket and photos from the camera show the driver is not the car s registered owner, the owner may get a notice asking who is driving so the ticket can be directed to them (a so-called snitch ticket ). But if officials can t prove who was driving the car when the camera went off, they can t force the owner to respond.
Under AB 666, if someone driving your car (spouse, child, friend, etc.) gets a ticket and you don t turn them in, you have to pay the fine. Or as it says on the draft notice included in the bill text (page 13 at this link3), you will be liable for paying the automated violation penalty unless you identify the driver.
The bill would change how red light citations are handled from a criminal proceeding (like many other moving violations) to a civil one, and it would lower the cost of citations, though it s not exactly clear by how much.
The bill also would set up an administrative system that local jurisdictions with camera programs again, like Riverside would use to address citations. Currently, those who get red light camera tickets are given a court date.
A few other provisions of the bill were unclear to me on a first reading. I left a message Tuesday for the press contact at the office of Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski4, who sponsored the bill, so I ll write an update when I hear back.
The bill language was just amended last week, and support and opposition already have emerged. The California branch of the Traffic Safety Coalition5 (a group that gets most of its funding6 from camera company Redflex) has a form letter people can sign in favor of the bill. Anti-camera activist Jay Beeber has posted criticism of what he called the devil s bill on the website of his group, Safer Streets LA7.
The bill puts an interesting wrinkle in the issue for Riverside residents. The City Council recently opted not to let voters decide8 whether to keep the city s red light camera program, but with four council seats on the June ballot, you can bet some voters will want to know where candidates stand, since the city s contract with Redflex lasts until 2016.
I ll be reporting more on this as I get information and calls back, but I ll end for now with an interesting statistic. Riverside doesn t have data on how many of its tickets get paid because that s handled by the courts, but officials can find out from Redflex how many tickets were actually enforceable because the car s owner was also the driver, and how many weren t.
In 2011, Riverside issued 26,856 citations. Of that total, 46.5 percent were snitch tickets.
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- ^ said in 2011 (www.pe.com)
- ^ this link (www.leginfo.ca.gov)
- ^ Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (www.asmdc.org)
- ^ Traffic Safety Coalition (www.trafficsafetycoalition.com)
- ^ most of its funding (blog.pe.com)
- ^ Safer Streets LA (saferstreetsla.org)
- ^ not to let voters decide (www.pe.com)
- ^ Terms of Service (www.facebook.com)
- ^ read the FAQ (www.pe.com)
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Police say a man s truck fell through the ice at a local skating rink Jan. 18 while he was doing donuts.
According to the report, an officer was dispatched to the Longacre Road skating rink, 7343 N. Longacre Rd., for a report of a car stuck on the ice. When police arrived they observed a car partially submerged in the ice and man in the driver s side revving the engine.
The driver told police he left a friend s house and thought it would be fun to do some donuts on the ice. After having his fun, the driver decided to leave and that s when the truck got stuck.
Police called a towing company to help remove the truck.
The driver wasn’t injuried but was cited by police for damage to property.
Caption: Truck driver Dennis Roderick, right, is reunited with Liam Anderson, 2, who he saved when the child wandered out onto State Highway 1 last year. Liam s parents, Jason Adamson and Michelle Barr, look on.
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Being deemed a hero was the last thing on truck driver Dennis Roderick s mind when he instinctively slammed on his brakes and scooped a toddler wandering across SH1 out of harm s way in February last year.
Yet the Paraparaumu grandfather s brave actions fitted the bill perfectly, to see him crowned 2012 s Supreme Beaurepaires Highway Hero over four other impressive nominees in Wellington today an event made more special by a joyful reunion with the little young boy for the first time.
You re a bit heavier now mate, said Dennis, as he gave Liam Adamson, now aged 2, a hug.
Dennis was driving about 40kmh along Mana Esplanade, north of Porirua, when he saw Liam just metres in front of him attempting to cross four lanes of traffic. He swung his 20m-long truck and trailer across both southbound lanes to prevent the toddler being run over, leapt out of his cab and picked up the boy.
Dennis carried the 16-month-old safely to the roadside verge, where his distraught mum, Michelle Barr, soon appeared. Dennis handed over the tot before jumping back in his truck and driving away, as he didn t want to hold up traffic.
I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, said Dennis, who was touched by the recognition.
The family had called Mr Roderick, an owner-driver for Fastway Couriers, to thank him, but today was the first time they had met in person.
We re just so grateful that our son is here today and that s thanks to you Dennis, said Liam s father Jason Adamson at the presentation.
NZ Police national roading manager superintendent Carey Griffiths saluted Dennis heroic actions when he presented him with the Beaurepaires Highway Heroes trophy and a cheque for $5000.
Despite the recognition he received from acquaintances, Dennis said it didn t seem like I was doing much, said supt. Griffiths.
Dennis, I know that you did the ultimate thing in saving that child from likely death. I believe you can t put a value on a life and I am sure his parents share that thought with me.
Truck driver Dennis Roderick is presented with a cheque for $5000 from NZ Trucking, by national road policing manager superintendent Carey Griffiths
Representatives from programme sponsors and supporters Beaurepaires NZ, NZ Police, NZ Transport Authority and Fairfax NZ judged this year s award, which recognises acts of bravery, heroism or humanity performed by professional truck, bus and coach drivers in the course of their work.
The Highway Heroes legacy is an impressive one, said Beaurepaires NZ director of sales and marketing Campbell Gough. Since its inception in 2000, more than 120 commercial drivers have been nominated and recognised publically for their often selfless acts to help others. While it s not always the case, many of these drivers do so at some risk to themselves.
It is by virtue of their day-to-day job that commercial drivers find themselves involved with incidents on our roads, so few consider their actions heroic a trait common to most heroes. However, their actions and quick thinking invariably protect the wellbeing of other road users and Beaurepaires is proud to recognise the contribution these men and women make to helping keep others safe.
This year s other nominees were of a high calibre and included drivers from Tauranga, Hawke s Bay, Alexandra and Paraparaumu.
Supporters of the Beaurepaires Highway Hero award with Dennis Roderick, Liam Adamson and his parents. From left to right: Liam s father Jason Adamson, Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres (NZ) national sales manager Campbell Gough, Dennis Roderick holding Liam Adamson, national road policing manager superintendent Carey Griffiths and Liam s mother, Michelle Barr.
Beaurepaires is one of New Zealand s leading retailer of tyres, wheels, batteries and wheel alignment servicing. We have 77 stores operating around New Zealand, so there s bound to be a store near you. We service all types of tyres from wheelbarrows, trailers, cars, vans to 4x4s.
All our stores are equipped with modern tyre-changing equipment and wheel alignment machines. We carry a full range of tyres, with a wide selection of brands and our highly skilled staff are well trained (including many who are certified to National Certificate in Tyre Servicing level) to provide advice to drivers on the most appropriate tyres for their vehicle. We pride ourselves on our level of service and our ISO 9001:2000 quality assurance accreditation. For more information about Beaurepaires and its products and services, please visit www.beaurepaires.co.nz1
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I’m starting to think my obsession with LPs might be lame, but I will deny this to the end. Five stars.
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Truck driver turned chart-topping traditional country singer, Bobby Dean, has found some success with his sophomore Lamon Records album, Country Country. His song Me and George Strait topped the New Music Weekly Chart at No. 1 and entered the Top 80 on Music Row s Chart in September. His newest single, You Can t Drink Em All, is currently at NMW, MR, Billboard and MediaBase stations. White Lightning or Pink Champaign earned similar success on NMW (Top 5) and Music Row (Top 80) in May of 2012.
Dean, a Kent, Wash., native, adds his own vocal touch to George Jones 1974 classic The Grand Tour as well as the Buck Owens (via Terry Fell) classic Truck Driving Man on the album. The Grammy-nominated Moody Brothers and Grand Ole Opry veteran George Hamilton IV join him on Truck Driving Man.
From his home near Seattle, Wash., where he owns and operates a successful trucking company, Dean says he s happy just living the dream.
I ve always loved singing country music, Dean says. I m just so grateful to Lamon Records for this opportunity. It s been an amazing journey so far and I m grateful for all the support the fans and country radio have given me and my music.
Country Country is available at iTunes1, Amazon2 and many other sites, as well as on CD from the Lamon Records web store. The physical CD features two bonus tracks of Bobby s first Lamon chart singles ( Hank on the Radio and Rebound ) not found on the digital release version.
Country Country was produced by Grammy-nominated producer and Lamon label president Dave Moody and engineered and mixed by Academy of Country Music Award winning engineer Steve Marcantonio at the Sound Emporium in Nashville. For more information, contact Lamon Records3 or call 615-379-2121.
In August 2006 I was approached to assist with the sourcing, cleanup and mastering of various Joy Division gigs for inclusion in the then-upcoming double-CD deluxe edition reissues. The in-between story, between first being drafted into the project and then September 2007′s Warner Brothers/Rhino release of the Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Still Collector’s Editions, is boring and not really worth rehashing.
What is relevant is that six years is a long time ago, with regards to my skill set and general knowledge of audio theory and mastering. I listen to the stuff I turned in to the band and Rhino in late 2006 and essentially cringe. Not because it’s bad, because it’s not, but with where I’ve advanced to today my 2006 work sounds amateur to these ears. And while it’s out there for the world to enjoy (and the two sets I did, for Closer and Still, all got great reviews), I can no longer listen without wishing for a mulligan.
Well, with my blog avenue, I can finally take that mulligan.
I went back to the original raw transfers from Duncan Haysom’s 1980 master cassette tapes, the very tapes on which he recorded the Joy Division gigs that we released. I started from scratch – essentially, if Warners came knocking today and asked me to master these gigs, I did what I’d do for them with the skills, techniques, secret sauces and magic I’ve either advanced or flat-out learned anew since 2006.
They are spectacular. Not to toot my own horn, but these now simply crush what was used on the 2007 releases. Even the most hearing-challenged of listeners can tell the difference, and not just by minutiae. Cymbals ring, drums go THWACK and not “thwop”, guitars slice through the murk.
If there were any justice in this world, Rhino would pull the 2007 sets off the market and reissue with these masterings. One can dream…
So we start, chronologically by performance date, with the set used in association with the Closer Collector’s Edition. Recorded by Duncan, this set from the University of London Union is a stormer. You get the still in-development Closer tracks (which had yet to be recorded by Martin Hannett) mixed in with stridently-performed Unknown Pleasures and other pre-Closer choices. You get “Dead Souls” brilliantly leading off the set, and you get “Digital” taking us out. And thanks to Duncan, it’s magically captured on C45 tape for us to enjoy 32+ years on.
8 February 1980
University of London Union
Mastered in November 2012 by Analog Loyalist, from Duncan Haysom’s master recording
01 Dead Souls
03 A Means To An End
04 Twenty Four Hours
08 These Days
09 Love Will Tear Us Apart
11 – encore break -
12 The Eternal
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) It was a horrific scene. Now, the mother of one of the children involved in Friday s massive West End crash is speaking out.
The mother says her anger is aimed directly at the company that operates the tractor trailer involved in the crash. She says her teenage son was found halfway out of the window of his school bus.
Witnesses said it was like a scene out of a movie in Pittsburgh s West End after a truck went speeding out of control down a congested road during rush hour.
One woman says she wants the trucking company that employed the driver to have higher standards so something like this doesn t happen again.
Denise Koontz says she is furious after her son was involved in the crash in which an 18-wheeler plowed into numerous vehicles, including her son s school bus.
The driver is a Cuban national who was driving for ABC Freight based out of Florida.
Witnesses say they saw his truck speeding out of control through the Greentree Road and Woodville Avenue intersection, slamming into anything in its way.
After the truck pushed through a home in the West End it finally came to rest, but not without damage to property and lives. Koontz says she knows her son Joey is lucky to be alive.
If he wasn t in the wheelchair, he would ve been dead; and I would ve lost him, said Koontz. And I d probably be more angry than I already am.
Joey was on his way to the Pioneer School in Brookline. The 17-year-old has Angelman Syndrome and is unable to talk. After the crash, he was taken to Children s Hospital where doctors told his parents he would be all right.
Koontz says the company needs to be held responsible for the damage it s done and enforce better hiring and training for drivers.
I want that company down, Koontz said. I want them down for what they did to him and what he did to everybody else.
Two adults were seriously injured in Friday s crash.
As of Saturday night, no charges had been filed against the driver.
Records for ABC Freight didn t show any crashes in the past two years, but there were numerous violations for unsafe driving and vehicle maintenance.
Woman Saves Grandchildren After Tractor Trailer Crash12 (10/19/12)
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