Recently, I received in the mail a citation for running a red light, from a camera red light enforcement program based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The video’s first frame depicted my car’s license plate, followed by two more frames. Now get this: my brake lights were on and visible in the first frame. I thought you had to put on your brakes for these lights to come on.

As I approached the corner and the red light, I braked. In my rear-view mirror, I noticed a flashing red light behind — and cars peeling off to the right as the EMS vehicle could respond to their emergency. I also moved out of EMS lane — and took a right turn as fast as I could — therefore, the “rolling stop.”

I stand by my decision to turn off out of harm’s way — to avoid any hassle. I mailed a $117 check to the firm in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A few days later, I get another ticket with a $50 increase for nonpayment of the first ticket. For some reason, my check was never processed.

So … I decided to call. I reached one of three “auto-robotic” answering machines telling me which number to select. Not one fit my need, so I tried for nearly two hours, and finally got a person on the line, who immediately told me that there is no appeal process. Now, I wonder: Should maybe the last word in red light enforcement program be replaced by a more appropriate word more suitable in describing what happened to me?

Edward Broussard

retired principal

Baton Rouge