Red Light Cameras in Dickinson Texas

Red Light Cameras in Dickinson Texas

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Richard Ash

United States

#1 Oct 7, 2009
I am just hoping that my fellow Dickinson residents take the opportunity on Tuesday Oct. 13th to share their views with the city council regarding the potential installation of red light cameras in our city. I hope everyone remembers that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” I am opposed to the Red Light Camera system in Texas because it is wrong for the government to:

Determine a citizen’s guilt prior to his or her day in court.

Deny citizens the right to appeal.

Deny citizens the right to a jury trial.

Lake Jackson, TX

#2 Oct 8, 2009
Don't break the law by running the red light, and you won't have to worry about it. I am tired of seeing people blow through lights and signs so many times every single day. That is how people get in accidents, and that is why there are cameras, to make people think twice before doing it.
Richard Ash

United States

#3 Oct 8, 2009
Fortunately, I agree with you in one respect. I saw an accident just last week when a person failed to properly yield right of way at an all way stop at the intersection of Hwy 96 & I-45. It is sad to me that a few bad drivers make our roads a less than completely safe place to be, but sadly, this is no reason to circumvent the rights afforded to me, you and yes even those thoughtless impatient drivers who feel that they don't need to wait on lights. You see, I am far more concerned about protecting ALL of the rights of ALL of us than I any other single issue here. When we dispose of a citizens right to appeal, and his right to a jury trial, we are on a very slippery slope. To quote Samuel Adams,
"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men."
Charles French

United States

#4 Oct 17, 2009
A newspaper reporter asked me last week if I thought red light cameras promoted public safety, or were just revenue generators. I could barely keep a straight face. The later of course.

I attended a seminar a while back, where one of the speakers had played a large role in shutting down these cameras in several California towns and cities. What I gathered from this speaker was two things.

First, The cameras do not make intersections safer. In fact, in some instances, the cameras make
intersections more dangerous. Second, the best way to make the intersection safer is to lengthen the yellow light cycle.

If this is truly about public safety, then we must ask the following:

Why wouldn't a city have it's own public works department increase the yellow light cycle and tabulate the results before deciding to install red light cameras?

Answer: No cameras, no revenue.

Why isn't community service available to a citizen as a means to pay the fine?

Answer: Because they want money, not community service.

One argument for red light camerasis that the cameras free up police officers from certain traffic stops to address other more important issues. This is ridiculous. Does this mean they will be able to concentrate more on homicide, rape and theft. Of course not. Everyone knows that the traffic stop is a primary tool for law enforcement in the detection of more serious crimes.

Did you know that the camera company gets a significant share the money from each ticket generated. These companies are like other travelling sales shows going from city to city, just like light rail does. While other cities have learned their lesson about these cameras, and have shut them down, the companies keep prospecting in new cities where they have not yet been. They are coming to a town near you. In this case Dickinson.

Wake up. It's about revenue. The cameras are basically a vending machine for the city and the camera company.

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