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Time to end the use of Red Light Cameras in Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Devin>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:06:13 -0700

Dear members of the City Council,

I'm writing to urge you to end the use of red light cameras in Menlo Park.
I write to you as a resident who primarily bikes to and from work in Menlo
Park. I live on Arbor Rd. and bike to SRI International daily. I am an
advocate for making the streets safer for all users. Because I bike I feel
that I have a somewhat objective view of this situation as I am less likely
to be ticketed and therefore not speaking as a person experiencing "sour
grapes".

There are many problems with the use of Red Light Cameras nationally.
RedFlex has a host of it's own problems;

RedFlex was caught bribing local officials in Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago
to get city contracts.

Former Redflex CEO Karen Finley was sentenced by a federal judge to serve
30 months in prison in the Illinois case and 14 months in the Ohio case.
She’s also been ordered to pay $2 million in restitution.

However my complaint against red light cameras goes beyond any one
contractor. It is the idea of criminal justice for profit that I find so
distasteful. Our police officers work hard in Menlo Park to serve and
protect, not to make a profit. Law enforcement should strive to be
objective. Red Light cameras incentivize issuing tickets. Contractors
across the country have fallen prey to this temptation and rigged the
system in their favor. Actions like shortening yellow light times, and
bribing city officials serve as an examples. Without strong, independent
(not from redflex) data demonstrating that these devices improve public
safety please remove them.

Thank you for listening,

Sincerely,

Devin Prouty


https://theconversation.com/cameras-can-catch-cars-that-run-red-lights-but-that-doesnt-make-streets-safer-100217


https://www.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/studies/
Received on Wed Mar 13 2019 - 15:02:09 PDT

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