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Fabrega Says Radar Cameras Are "Not A Great Business" - Company Gets 65% Of Fines

Cars & TransportationJorge Ricardo Fabrega, director of the Land Transit and Transportation Authority, rejected the criticisms that have been made to the high percentage (65%) the company Safety Security de Panamá S.A. will received of each fine imposed by the new automatic camera system. This is the company contracted by the government that is responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of the speed trap cameras being installed in the capital city. "Those who are imagining that this is the great business are totally wrong," he said in an interview with RPC Radio, stating to the extent drivers are aware they are being watched and that they will be punished, the violations (frequency of fines) will decrease and the company eventually will have a lower income. About the popular clamor for there to be some kind of tolerance, Fabrega said "the law does not speak of tolerance ... if the maximum speed is 60 kph then it's 60, not 62, or 63. There is no range of tolerance in the traffic laws." He highlighted the success of this system in other countries, and reiterated that the objective of installing these cameras is to reduce accidents, violations and eliminate bribery. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: This is what the camera and radar gun set up looks like. It will clock you from behind.

Once you've passed by it, if you're doing more than the posted limit for that area, it takes your photo and the system issues the ticket. More than 2,500 have already been issued just by one single camera system installed as a test or proof of concept in the area of Costa del Este. The government of Panama has already contracted for the first 20 cameras which are being installed and made operational right now.

This is what the warning sign will look like. It says "Fine By Camera" and shows the posted speed limit for that area. If you see this sign, slow down to below the speed limit, because as you see in this article, the law makes no tolerance for being even a half a click over the speed limit. These machines are automatic and if you're over, your over - here's your ticket - robot style. Harder to bribe, too.

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Fabrega Says Radar Cameras Are \"Not A Great Business\" - Company Gets 65% Of Fines
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 22 2012 @ 03:26 PM EDT

They may be harder to bribe but I bet they are easier to steal. Anyone looking for a business in Panama that is ahead of the curve may want to order the covers that blur your plate from odd angles. I can see them being sold at every intersection before long.

Fabrega Says Radar Cameras Are \"Not A Great Business\" - Company Gets 65% Of Fines
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 22 2012 @ 09:45 PM EDT

The best thing to have is a radar detector, these cameras are probably not so advanced as in for example Europe where they measure your average speed although they start measuring once you are in range which could be up till 200 meters or more depending what camera they bought.
Once they’re placed in the city you will know where they are but once it goes nation wide a detector would be wise.
In the past stickers and flash lights reacting on the camera’s flash where used and a quick change in the law and a hefty fine will put that to an end.
The penalty of $50 won’t do much harm whether you do 65, 70 or 80, better to fine $25 for the first 5km/h to fast and for each km/h over that $10 so the faster you go the more you pay.
The cameras on the traffic lights would be good as well.
And for damaging the cameras? Yes these cameras face in Europe and other places frequent abuse by knocking them over, set them on fire, spray paint over the lens windows or simply blown up.
Risk is when caught you might have to cover the damage because there might be a second camera for security since they know the risk of vandalism

Fabrega Says Radar Cameras Are \"Not A Great Business\" - Company Gets 65% Of Fines
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 08:42 AM EDT

If the company is taking 65% of the ticket price, that is rather high. The city that I worked for in the US, we charged $40 per ticket. The company received $15 and the City received the rest. I hope they put it out for a competition bid before going with this company.

Fabrega Says Radar Cameras Are \"Not A Great Business\" - Company Gets 65% Of Fines
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 03:25 PM EDT

Anybody buying a car here in panama , make sure you check if the title is clear
in the municipio , before you pay for the car,or you could be stuck with the previous owners speeding tickets!
This is not a fair system, you have no way of knowing if you have any tickets,until you renew or sell.
They probably will charge you late fees on top.
This needs to be canned.