Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Hidden Cameras by Angela Benson
I haven't paid the fine yet because I'm thinking of contesting the citation. The good thing is that they (whoever they are) give you access to the photographs and video-recordings on which the citation is based. From looking at the video, I think the light changed from yellow to red just as my car entered the intersection. I think this means I should not have been ticketed. I'm going to have my husband take a look at the video with me to make sure I'm assessing it correctly. If he agrees, then I'm going to contest the fine. You can also take a look and let me know what you think.
An interesting thing about citations from these automated programs is that the fines are civil fines, so they don't count against your driver's license or your car insurance. You pay the money and it's over and done, or should be.
There is an upside to my citation though. It's gotten me to thinking about possible stories involving hidden cameras. There's something eerie about the idea of a camera tracking your movements, even if it's a traffic camera. In my story the person with the hidden camera could be a stalker, a private detective, a corporate spy, a worried spouse or a concerned parent. The possibilities are endless. As soon as I finish the book I'm working on now, The Summer of Me, I'm going to spend some more time on my hidden camera idea.
Now it's your turn. Have you been ticketed by any of these automated programs? I hope not, but you have please share your misery. On a fun note, have you read any books that involve hidden cameras? If so, I'd love to hear about them. If not, do you think you'd enjoy reading such a story?
Angela Benson is the author of 14 novels and two novellas. In Awakening Mercy, the first book in her Genesis House series, CeCe Williams meets her Mr. Right when she's completing court-mandated community service due to unpaid parking tickets! Of course, there's more to CeCe than her parking tickets. She's a busy single mother who's wary of falling in love again given how it turned out for her the first time. Her Mr. Right, Nate Richardson, is recovering from a divorce he didn't want and has his own reservations about committed relationships. Can the two of them let go of the pain of the past and build a life together or will secrets from CeCe’s past destroy any hope they have for a future?