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Cities Abusing Red Light Camera

Postby Tavish » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:06 pm

There is an interesting report on 6 cities that have been found setting the length of yellow lights to illegal limits on stoplights with traffic cameras. The obvious reason would be to raise revenue generated by the tickets issued for running red lights.

http://techdirt.com/articles/20080410/011257809.shtml
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Re: Cities Abusing Red Light Camera

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:12 pm

Mayor of a local town here was arrested by the FBI for trying to blackmail one of these camera companies.

The whole thing stinks.
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Re: Cities Abusing Red Light Camera

Postby Pogotheostrich » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:34 pm

There was class action lawsuit against the cameras not too long ago. Basically the lawsuit claimed that since the cameras only took a picture of the license plate that there wasn't any proof of who was committing the offense.
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Re: Cities Abusing Red Light Camera

Postby Tavish » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:34 pm

It is beyond aggravating to me that basically every study shows that the cameras don't curb car accidents, but that they may actually increase accidents yet cities continue to push for adding more cameras. In a roundabout way it just strikes me as an extremely sneaky form of taxation. Taxation done under the guise of public safety when it is actually putting more people at risk.
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Re: Cities Abusing Red Light Camera

Postby Madison » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:19 pm

Can't say it's surprising. Stinks Dallas is on the list though. :-/
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Re: Cities Abusing Red Light Camera

Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:06 pm

Tavish wrote:It is beyond aggravating to me that basically every study shows that the cameras don't curb car accidents, but that they may actually increase accidents yet cities continue to push for adding more cameras. In a roundabout way it just strikes me as an extremely sneaky form of taxation. Taxation done under the guise of public safety when it is actually putting more people at risk.

The increase overall accidents, but decrease injury accidents, or at least serious injury accidents. More people get rear-ended at relatively low speeds, while fewer people get T-boned by someone speeding trying to get through the yellow.

Anyway, my city is debating puting red light cams in at a couple of high-traffic intersections right now. I think they are an absolutely BS solution to the problem, and are just one step closer to the video-camera-on-every-corner-Orwellian-society that is most likely on its way to the US and is already common in Western Europe.
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