Legislative License Plates Give Legislators De Facto Immunity From Automated Traffic Enforcement

02/07/2011 07:03 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jared Jacang Maher Face the State

With the increasing use of red light cameras, photo radar and license-plate recognition scanners, motorists are as likely to be handed a traffic citation by the mail carrier as by a cop. Using high-tech processing tools and the state's motor-vehicle database, local governments and tolling authorities are maximizing resources and revenue by sending violations, ranging from $25 to $100, directly to a registered owner's home address. Even the Colorado Department of Transportation has gotten into the game with a special EXpressToll camera system that snaps license plate images of cars in the I-25 HOV lane and "bills" drivers accordingly.

But there is one class of drivers with license plates that make their vehicles virtually invisible to such computerized ticketing systems: Colorado's own lawmakers.

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