Money Monday: Red-light cameras all about the moneyAugust 27th, 2012
Yes, I know it’s a stretch. But this is loosely connected to money, and I just had to share this with you. I’m sure most of us have seen these red light cameras. If you have the luxury of living in my home town you’ve probably read articles about your municipal sociocrats deliberately shortening the length of yellow lights to catch more people running red lights… because they are just so concerned with public safety.
Well, finally one of the authoritarian sociopaths in New Jersey has admitted publicly what these cameras are actually for. Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, NJ departed from the PR drivel fed to him by the Department of Transportation and told his constituents
Points for honesty, but you just don’t get partial credit when it comes to being a decent human being.
Statistics across the country show that the programs generate millions of dollars in traffic tickets from people who, most often, commit the offense of rolling through a right turn on red, rather than driving straight through the red signal. Of course they also show that immediately following their instillation rear-end collisions sky rocket because drivers slam on their brakes at yellow lights when it would truly be safer to cross the intersection. Then, of course, shortly after that collisions with pedestrians (read: children) increase in all the surrounding neighborhoods because drivers speed through side streets to avoid the cameras.
But hey! Municipal governments need money. Lots and lots of money.
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