An Inadvertent Truth

Two California cities have turned off their red light cameras, as have many others before them. In both cases, the reason given was that the revenue from tickets failed to cover the cost of operating the cameras. When these cameras go in, they are always trumpeted as being a benefit to safety. The inadvertently revealed truth here is that the cities couldn’t give a damn about safety, they put these cameras in for one reason and one reason only – to collect money. When they find the cameras are costing them money instead, they are shut off so fast it makes your head spin.

Crooks and liars. (Just synonyms for politician). These are the same folks who insist cops don’t have revenue quotas.

The trouble is, they think they’re fooling people. I suppose a few, but this kind of dissembling is why government in the U.S. is steadily losing the trust of the people. They are coming to understand that government is operated solely in the interest of government employees, politicians included, and they will take whatever money they can, clean or dirty, and say whatever they think people want to hear. Truthiness is all, actual truth is not a consideration and only appears inadvertently.

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  • Tyro  On May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    There’s a (rather large) part of me that doesn’t like the cameras and what they represent, especially given the lack of flexibility associated with them due to the desire to generate revenue. But when there are blatant cases I think they serve a function.
    I’m surprised that Redflex is able to charge what appears to be $6,000 / month per intersection. I’m assuming that involves something like 8 cameras and 4 flashes, and a control box which is tied in. If the ticket is $500, you’d need 12 per month to cover Redflex’s cost and you’re relying on people not taking the hint once the cameras were installed.
    If this was safety driven, then paying anything more than $500 / month per intersection would be hard to justify… but they did 10 times that.

  • reality  On May 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    If you want to reduce red-light violations, studies show you simply lengthen the delay from yellow to red. But what these crooks do is shorten it, which increases revenue but makes the intersections much more dangerous as people boot it through yellows.

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