Your recent article regarding the incorrectly timed red light at Malabar and Emerson in Palm Bay casts a spotlight on a double standard frequently used by government on its citizens.
When a citizen violates a rule or ordinance – whether the violation is committed willfully or out of ignorance – he or she is expected to pay the price.
The price these days is quite steep – $125-$158 according to your article. Yet when a government department or bureaucrat violates state standards, there is no penalty, and no justice for those affected by the violation.
Such is the case here, where citizens who trusted Palm Bay officials to follow state law in setting yellow light times were penalized for the city’s error.
Whether the error was intentional or accidental is irrelevant – the city should be held to the same standard as the citizens that paid the fines and refund the 800+ tickets. It shouldn’t be something that must be fought about in court – it should be done because it’s the RIGHT THING TO DO.
If you live in Palm Bay vote against any incumbent that was/is for these cameras and/or voted for the current city manager on November 6th.