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NMA Reporter 2010-10-04 21:17

Another Ticket Camera Success Story
 
<b>NMA Article: Another Ticket Camera Success Story</b><br/><br/><p><em><a href="http://blog.motorists.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/baytown.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1439" style="margin-bottom: 8px;" title="baytown" src="http://blog.motorists.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/baytown.jpg" alt="" width="525" height="200" /></a><br />
By James Baxter, NMA President</em></p>
<p>The report is in from Baytown, TX, on <a href="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/32/3236.asp">the results of the city’s red light ticket camera program</a>.</p>
<p>The camera proponents are going to be hard pressed to lavish praise on the results:</p>
<ul>
<li>40 percent increase in total accidents</li>
<li>75 percent increase in injury accidents</li>
<li>37 percent increase in “t-bone” right angle crashes</li>
<li>83 percent increase in rear-end collisions</li>
</ul>
<p>These disastrous results should really be no surprise. <a href="http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/studies">Independent studies</a> (no financial interest) of the automated intersection ticketing programs have repeatedly shown an increase in rear- end collisions, more injuries, and contrary to the claims of ticket camera proponents, no reduction in right-angle crashes.</p>
<p>But, tomorrow, just as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west there will be a government official or clueless reporter making the claim that red light cameras improve traffic safety.</p>
<p>Baytown officials are being presented with a petition to put ticket cameras to a vote in November.</p>
<p>If these officials are really concerned about the well-being of their constituents they won’t wait until November to put the cameras down the road.</p>
<p>If they do wait until November, the voters would be well served to treat incumbent officials as they do the red light camera program and put them down the road too.</p>
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Further Reading:<ul><li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://blog.motorists.org/red-light-cameras-do-not-reduce-right-angle-crashes/" rel="bookmark" title="November 25, 2008">Red-Light Cameras Do Not Reduce Right Angle Crashes</a></li>
<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://blog.motorists.org/las-cruces-manipulates-ticket-camera-numbers/" rel="bookmark" title="February 9, 2010">City Manipulates Report To Make Ticket Cameras Appear Useful</a></li>
<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://blog.motorists.org/red-light-camera-peoria-accidents-double/" rel="bookmark" title="September 1, 2009">Peoria Reevaluates Ticket Camera Program After Accidents Double</a></li>
<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://blog.motorists.org/la-red-light-cameras-increase-accidents/" rel="bookmark" title="November 10, 2009">Los Angeles Red Light Cameras Lead To Increased Accidents</a></li>
<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://blog.motorists.org/bernie-madoff-red-light-cameras/" rel="bookmark" title="February 10, 2009">Bernie Madoff & Red-Light Cameras</a></li>
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