Too bad the vocal minority has slowed the spread of red
light cameras. These cameras reduce the traffic death rate from
T-bone accidents. Initially rear end accidents may increase,
until the perpetual bad drivers are harnessed. The rear end
collisions are caused by a combination of excessive speed, following
too close, inattention to driving, causing an accident. All of
these are violations. Once the perps have amassed enough violations
and fines, their habits will be changed . Then we will all be safer.
There is absolutely no excuse for running the red lights,
with cameras. Warning signs are posted alerting drivers which
intersections have the cameras. Feeble excuses, like it was a fast
yellow, I wasn't driving the car, only an officer who is a eye witness
should issue be able to issue a ticket,-- are irrational.
They're only doing it for the money, is a plaintive cry of
the violators. Well hooray! The violators are largely responsible
for higher insurance rates, so they owe it to their fellow citizens.
The yellow signal is based on the posted speed limit and
set by DOT, not the local government.. If you are traveling at or
below the speed limit, you can stop safely. Traveling 5mph over
the speed limit requires hard, but manageable braking. If you're
not driving the car, you are still responsible. You can collect the
fine from the one you let use the car. You are not assessed points.
And- you can get a parking ticket, or have your car towed without
involving a uniformed policeman. Their time could be better spent.
The suggestions to increase the yellow light times isn't
very bright. It will just result in more cars trying to get through
the yellow light, then after more tickets, more cries for increasing
the time for yellow lights, ad infinitum.
Right turns, after a FULL stop, are another matter and a
little discretion is needed. Violations of this type, should be
protest-able. Sometimes it necessary to creep up on the intersection,
in order to see traffic. However, when through traffic has to brake,
for right turn traffic, a ticket is in order.
The real problem and need for red light cameras is speed.
I have close friends and relatives that freely admit to having a
lead foot and laugh about it, but its really a serious matter. They
have voluntarily decided they don't have to obey the law, or they
can pick and choose which laws they want to obey. These are the
same people who decry the evil lawbreakers, who won't yield to
them, in the left (passing) lane.
In reality, we need more red-light cameras to cut down
on the ridiculously high traffic fatalities. We kill a lot more
people on the road each year than the terrorists did on 9/11.
Cameras could even be used on the Inter-state to control
speeds. Most drivers obviously figure they can drive 10 mph
over the speed limit, and not have to worry about a ticket.
Some more adventurous speeders will tack on another 5 or
10 mph, if they closely watch out for cops.
If there was tighter control of traffic speeds,
(fast and slow) then traffic speeds could be safely increased
for all. Traffic that couldn't maintain the speed limit would
then be shuttled off to alternate routes. Then we wouldn't
have to get upset when someone is just cruising in the