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Friday, July 25 2014 @ 06:17 PM EDT

Automatic Radar-Camera Speeding Ticket System Now Installed in Panama City

Cars & TransportationBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Hi don, I wondered what you knew of the traffic cameras installed – I know there is at least one in costa del este – one of my friends were told they should check the online traffic website and interestingly enough they had a speeding ticket and when they went to pay it they were given the picture of their car and the speed – 63km in a 60 km zone - and the ticket was made out to the person not the car – so it goes against their license even though they were not really driving at the time. Are there lots of these around panama city now – or is this an isolated one. Regards, tom"

Editor's Comment: Yup, true story. The government of Panama started by installing these automatic camera traffic control systems in a few areas as a test. Now they have reportedly completed the testing, and recently the National Police announced they would be expanding the program, installing more cameras, and covering more area. Anywhere the cameras are installed there is a sign under the speed limit sign saying (in Spanish) that the area is being monitored by automatic cameras, and if you speed then you will be ticketed. And if the speed limit is 60 kph and you're doing 63 kph, then you're speeding. There's no notification system, and you'll find out about the ticket when you go to update your license plates. You can't deny or refute the ticket, because there's a photo of your car, at the place and time of the citation, being clocked over the speed limit (regardless of who's driving.) Anyway, the short answer is that yes, this is being done, and the program is being expanded.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Automatic Radar-Camera Speeding Ticket System Now Installed in Panama City
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, June 21 2012 @ 09:39 AM EDT

Don, do you know if it can ticket a driver talking on a cell phone...that would be nice.