(Note: This post was first published by the News Sentinel, HERE and updates previous post HERE.)
State Rep. Andy Holt is urging Tennesseans to ignore traffic camera tickets and emphasizing his point by burning a citation in a video that apparently has received more than 325,000 Facebook views.
“What do you do if you get one? Throw it in the trash. Personally, I prefer to burn mine,” says Holt, R-Dresden, in a lengthy news release issued in conjunction with posting the video on his Facebook page Wednesday, which shows him using a cigarette lighter to set the ticket aflame.
But Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said in an email Thursday that Holt is not offering sound advice.
“No one likes to be caught violating traffic offenses, regardless of how they are caught, but they have a legal obligation to properly address it. Burning a citation or throwing it away is an emotional response that may feel good, but it does not make the violation and accountability go away,” Rausch said.
Holt, a longtime critic of traffic camera tickets who has repeatedly called for banning them outright in Tennessee, was joined by state Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta, this year in sponsoring a bill, HB2510, that requires all citations resulting from a traffic camera video to include this notice:
“Non-payment of this (citation) cannot adversely affect your credit score or report, driver’s license, and/or automobile insurance rates.” Continue reading