Also, might the unfair tax advantage of amazon have made it impossible for the local shops to compete? So if Amazon did NOT have its unfair tax advantage, you would still have a choice. But no, you saved a penny or two and now you got no choice.
Even pre-tax, Amazon is often much less than local retailers. $10 (Amazon now) $10 + 6% tax (Amazon with tax) $15 + 6% tax (Local store now). Somehow I don't think tax law is what's giving them their pricing edge.
That term...I don't think it means what you think it means. To be fair, though, it would be better than what we have now.
How are you going to confront a picture of you running a red light?
That's kind of the point they're trying to make. You can't, despite having a right to do so.
If you were making passage for a ambulance or policy vehicle, there will be witnesses and incident logs.
So you get to take a day off work to go into a court room, demand that the GPS logs of the emergency vehicles in that area be retrieved (assuming they even exist), show that your ticket was at the same time the emergency vehicle was going through, hope that the judge believes you that you really were making room and not just taking advantage of all the stopped traffic, and even if you do get out of the ticket, possibly have to pay court fees. All of which could be avoided if it were a cop on the corner instead of a camera. Sounds like a plan to me!
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.