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  •  Um, no. (8+ / 0-)

    I used to work for a speed/red light camera company. There was one and only one reason they existed: for the money. They didn't care about safety.

    The state law allowed red light tickets for people who had stopped, but their front tires crossed ever so slightly across the crosswalk line. Ticketing those people did exactly nothing to enhance safety, but those tickets got sent, and held up in court.

    The state law required tickets be sent within 14 days of the violation occurring. Many were sent out after that, on the fairly sound theory that most people either wouldn't know that or would have thrown out the envelope with the postmark on it that would prove it was mailed too late.

    A large batch of tickets had the wrong information on the location of the camera. The font with that info was miniscule. "Send the tickets anyway, most people probably won't check!" $$$

    And that's not even counting the more egregious issue of the (in)accuracy of the cameras. The company counted on people not taking the time to go to court to contest their ticket. And the judges in this particular county were guaranteed to require that the defendant prove they weren't speeding. One managed to do that with image overlay software that showed that, given timestamps and distances travelled, they COULDN'T be going the speed they were accused of. Didn't matter.

    The whole dirty business is just a scam.

    I’m tired of sacrificing lives on the altar of the Second Amendment. - Mark Damico

    by Hastur on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 03:39:22 PM PST

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    •  Impeding the crosswalk doesn't affect safety? WTF? (1+ / 0-)
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      Let me guess - you drive everywhere and get annoyed when a pedestrian tries to cross.

      warning: snark probably above

      by NE2 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:33:09 PM PST

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      •  No, and no. (3+ / 0-)
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        Justus, ozsea1, kurt

        I don't drive everywhere and when I do, I yield willingly to pedestrians.

        We're not talking about impeding a crosswalk. We're talking about people who tried to stop for a red light, and couldn't quite do it without going slightly - I mean centimeters - over the line.

        If you're going to get a ticket anyway, you might as well barrel on through the red light as try to stop. I doubt this helps the cause of safety.

        I’m tired of sacrificing lives on the altar of the Second Amendment. - Mark Damico

        by Hastur on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:19:57 PM PST

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