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Red Light Cameras

From: brian blackford1.com <"brian>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:58:18 -0700

Council:

You should not continue with red light cameras until you provide evidence that they increase safety, decrease accidents and are located in intersections that have been identified to have a history of red light accidents.  Until you do this, people like me will continue to think the only reason they were installed was to bring income into the city.

At this point NONE of the cameras are located at intersections that have had a history of red light accidents.  The majority of the citations issued are for rolling right turns which are a low hazard violation.  If there are actual problems at these intersections, PROVE IT.

From this article:  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/red-light-cameras-may-not-make-streets-safer/

"we examined all police-recorded traffic accidents...hundreds of thousands of accidents. We found no evidence that red light cameras improve public safety. They don’t reduce the total number of vehicle accidents, the total number of individuals injured in accidents or the total number of incapacitating injuries that involve ambulance transport to a hospital."

There are things that will actually reduce accidents.  From this link:  https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/03/fremont-traffic-camera-lights-timing/

Extending the duration of yellow lights has a better effect on reducing red light running.  But, it doesn't make money for the city.

Frankly, these cameras seem like nothing more than a tax or fee being imposed on citizens without their approval.  It needs to stop.  I and others are paying attention to this issue and we will take note of council members that approve of the cameras and will vote accordingly in the next election.  The city has actual problems that need to be addressed.  Red light cameras address a "problem" that doesn't actually exist and the council needs to stay focused on actual problems.

Respectfully,

Brian Blackford

141 Buckthorn Way

Received on Wed Mar 13 2019 - 07:54:04 PDT

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