Originally Posted by Veronica
We donít have the space to get into the fleecing of the cities by the companies that sell and operate the cameras, but suffice to say, the politicians who claim it isnít about the money may be right in one sense: preliminary data suggests the money flows out of the pocket of the average citizen, into the coffers of the city, and right back out, to pay the camera companies. Regardless of who gets the money, one thing is for sure: every red light infraction takes $50 out of the bank accounts of citizens who no longer have that money to put back into the local economy."
"If it is truly about safety, hereís a crazy idea ó increase the time of the yellow light. In the interest of full disclosure, this isnít an original idea, but doesnít it make sense? If the concern is that people are racing the yellow, why not tack a few extra seconds onto the light, allowing the intersection to clear before the light changes?
Itís been done elsewhere in the country with a reported decrease in intersection crashes by as much as 30 percent. No cost for expensive cameras and monitoring. No cost to have every incident reviewed, something they call the ďhuman element,Ē before a ticket is issued. No cost for the appeal of tickets and the potential to clog the courts. Just added safety to the citizens. Thatís what itís all about isnít it Mayor Brown?"
There are a few spots where people keep going after the light changes, just to get through because they're tired of waiting in traffic. For those, some solid after it's turned completely red enforcement, is helpful. However, once camera's come they wind up on nearly every corner -- not just hot spots. Where it's about accidents, increasing yellow is definitely the way to go.
I've seen cameras set up so to catch people... I got one while waiting AT the light having NOT gone through the yellow. It wasn't until I hassled the courts on dates for months (not intentionally, they weren't offering many dates) that someone decided to dismiss it without bringing it to court.
I was caught going 2mpg in the 2nd photo. Guess I took my foot off the brakes for a moment. The line on the road was painted so you were over it, while waiting at the light -- making it technically illegal because my rear tires were over the line (I hadn't even spotted.)