We all have seen those cameras at red light intersections. We all have slammed on our brakes when we do see one if fear of Big Brother mailing us a bill for our “transgression”. At intersections with no camera we usually just go on through a yellow light, safely I might add. Basically the cameras which we are told are there for public safety are there to generate revenue for the county or city, whichever the case may be. There are many studies out that state that more accidents happen at red lights with cameras than occurred without them there. Just google it. The only study I found that suggested that the cameras reduce accidents was research done by a group connected to the insurance industry. Hmmm, I wonder what they have to gain from more traffic violations and accidents? I have even seen reports that the time between yellow light and red light is decreased so more people get caught! Boy they are really looking out for the little guy! I’m all for safety but I can count on one hand the times I have seen a blatant red light infraction that was dangerous. 99% of the time people are just trying to go through a yellow instead of slamming on the brakes.
Technology is great so when it is used to keep the public safe I like it even more. But when it is used by people who have an incentive to do things that are immoral it is a dangerous tool. If you ask the average person they will tell you that 95% of politicians and bureaucrats are corrupt or at least have questionable character. So how can you trust that they have your best interest in mind when installing cameras at red lights? I can not trust them. The facts show that cameras cause more accidents so there is no excuse to continue using them. The powers that be must have seen this data so why not take action to keep the roads safer? I am afraid they do not want to let go of the cash cow that the cameras bring. People who ignore this data just to bring money into their coffers are sick humans indeed. Think about this the next time you see something about a new technology the government has to catch criminals or keep us safe. They may just need some $$$.