Do red light cameras really make stre...

Do red light cameras really make streets safer?

There are 16 comments on the KING-TV Seattle story from Nov 6, 2007, titled Do red light cameras really make streets safer?. In it, KING-TV Seattle reports that:

“This isn't about catching people running red lights. It's about getting people to stop doing it”

Are streets really safer now? In the first 10 months of Seattle's red light camera project, the cameras caught some 14,000 red light runners, and each flash of the camera means more money for the city. via KING-TV Seattle

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pax

Bellevue, WA

#1 Nov 6, 2007
more money for the city!!!!!.....and only that.....let's get the cops to do their job, not shirk their responsibility to a camera. What next? robots arresting people.
Just Curious

Renton, WA

#2 Nov 7, 2007
Why not?

Since: Apr 07

United States

#3 Nov 12, 2007
Why not let the cameras do the work instead of wasting police officers valuable time handing out tickets to the some inconsiderate people. The camera will catch more of these jerks thus the jerks will be more than willing to stop at the next red light.
mbowman sfbay area

United States

#4 Jan 11, 2008
I am presently preparing for a court hearing today re: my recent redlight camera-based ticket. The citation evidence says the light turned red 0.5 seconds after I entered the intersection. My hope by appearing is that at least I can get them to reduce the fee for the citation($430.00), and best case to cancel the ticket based on the inherent danger of stopping at that dark deserted intersection, where in the last few months a motorist was the victim of a drive by shooting while waiting out a yellow/red light. Most grievous is the amt. SF charges per citation. I'm told that for every fine collected, the redlight camera company gets $75.00. Do they sell stock, I wonder!

Since: Jan 08

Snohomish

#5 Jan 12, 2008
(Old story)

Well, as long as the cameras don't malfunction. Britain has been having ... oh... a few thousand of their cameras being burnt, blown up, or smashed. Allegations of Big Brother. It's funny how Americans are so receptive to the idea of trusting a camera to catch motorists. But hey, if it works great. If it malfunctions and causes a bunch of unjust citations, I hope they'll take them down. Then there are times when humans have errors. They run a red light because they were too busy to notice. This person might have been talking to a kid, and somehow ran a yellow-red light. This person gets a $500 ticket... And lets say this person had bills to pay and since this person now has a $500 ticket this person has a choice between leaving the kid in care while the person goes to court over the ticket, or pays the ticket and gets their heat shut off.

Jerks are one thing, but lacking human compassion for human error is another. You never really look at it this way until it happens to you or a friend.
Krasivo

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Oct 20, 2008
My wife and daughter are terrified. As they approach an intersection equipped with a camera, invariably they are ready to either gun the accelerator, or slam the brakes. They are not alone. Just about all of our friends have had a mishap or two with this system - one that ended with a rear end collision. Way to go Lynnwood. Just wait for the next election. Any money you'll try to raise for ANYTHING...Any city official running for re-election....
Krasivo

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Oct 20, 2008
...can anyone suggest who can we write to and register our outrage ?
Thanks
lol

United States

#8 Oct 21, 2008
its funny you guys break the law then bitch about the consequences.

“I'm a great real estate agent!”

Since: Jan 08

Lynnwood, WA

#9 Oct 30, 2008
As I understand it, the number of accidents have gone up at intersections with red light cameras. I would assume this is because people are trying even harder to beat the red light. So what it has done is make the honest drivers paranoid and the reckless ones more dangerous. They are a great money maker for the cities they are in though!
Patrick Alberts

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 4, 2010
It depends on many things. Over large periods of time accidents have almost always significantly gone down. Rear end collisions tend to go up for the first year or two, but side impact collisions based on red light running have gone WAY down in almost every instance. Considering that over time the accidents go down and that the more dangerous of the collisions are avoided, clearly they are safer, but they shouldn't be getting people for right turns on red for any intersection where right on red turns are legal anyway.

PATRICK!!!!!
Jeff

Seattle, WA

#11 Apr 27, 2010
The only reason they are putting in these cameras is to make us all feel like we are criminals. Its an evil nazi like action. Only an evil nazi would approve of these cameras. We live in a nazi dictatorship. Now we have no rights and we are treated like criminals. Its sickening. Time to start some impeachment trials.
Jeff

Seattle, WA

#12 Apr 27, 2010
George the Great wrote:
Why not let the cameras do the work instead of wasting police officers valuable time handing out tickets to the some inconsiderate people. The camera will catch more of these jerks thus the jerks will be more than willing to stop at the next red light.
FK you nazi fa**ot. You are a terrorist.
jdr

United States

#13 May 11, 2010
I really find it funny when it goes off and NOBODY IS MOVING and u see everybody look like wtf just happened.
Rhonda Roth

Redmond, WA

#14 Aug 5, 2010
It is all about the money, their tactic is to present it to the public as it is there for your safety. It is a way for Big Brother to infiltrate into our private lives little by little to track your every move. Soon Big Brother will be able to track your activities on an daily basis minute by minute. They will track you in your car, your speed, who is with you in your car, when you stop into a 7-11 and buy a pack of smokes & a six pack of beer, when you stop at McDonald's everyday and order a big mac & fries and a milkshake. They will know when you go to the casino & how often. They will know what you purchase at the department stores. They will then compile this information & provide it to mortgage companies, credit card companies, your employer, health insurers, car insurers...etc.. That way the your health insurance company can say you smoke & drink, or you don't eat the right foods so you are a higher risk, they'll insure you at a higher rate or not insure you at all. The mortgage company may see you go to the casino & consider you a risk, even though you can afford it & turn you get down for a loan. Maybe you decided to play hooky for the day from work, your employer will be able to track your daily activities. I know you probably think it sounds like a far fetched sci-fi flick but we'll see. When you get a photo enforced ticket via mail it is treated as a parking ticket which means income producer!
Billy

Seattle, WA

#15 Aug 6, 2010
Rhonda Roth wrote:
It is all about the money, their tactic is to present it to the public as it is there for your safety. It is a way for Big Brother to infiltrate into our private lives little by little to track your every move. Soon Big Brother will be able to track your activities on an daily basis minute by minute. They will track you in your car, your speed, who is with you in your car, when you stop into a 7-11 and buy a pack of smokes & a six pack of beer, when you stop at McDonald's everyday and order a big mac & fries and a milkshake. They will know when you go to the casino & how often. They will know what you purchase at the department stores. They will then compile this information & provide it to mortgage companies, credit card companies, your employer, health insurers, car insurers...etc.. That way the your health insurance company can say you smoke & drink, or you don't eat the right foods so you are a higher risk, they'll insure you at a higher rate or not insure you at all. The mortgage company may see you go to the casino & consider you a risk, even though you can afford it & turn you get down for a loan. Maybe you decided to play hooky for the day from work, your employer will be able to track your daily activities. I know you probably think it sounds like a far fetched sci-fi flick but we'll see. When you get a photo enforced ticket via mail it is treated as a parking ticket which means income producer!
Its not about crime. Its about greed and control. Its all part of the national control grid. Its evil.
Billy

Seattle, WA

#16 Aug 6, 2010
lol wrote:
its funny you guys break the law then bitch about the consequences.
Sounds like you should move to communist China. You would fit right in .

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