Is there a sensible argument against speed cameras or speed traps?

  1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
    Kenna McHughposted 2 years ago

    Is there a sensible argument against speed cameras or speed traps?

  2. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago

    Is the real purpose safety or increasing city/county revenue?
    What pisses people off is when they believe their local government is essentially using speed traps, speed cameras, and red light cameras as a tax revenue.
    Another issue people have with these methods is they're not uniformly used citywide.  Cities have more cameras than suburbs.
    I suspect if safety is the real concern we'd want everyone to be safe.
    In 2015 Illinois took a vote to ban some red light cameras.
    "McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said he would prefer to ban red light cameras statewide, but such a move would require a three-fifths majority vote under rules in the state constitution, a threshold he said he could not yet meet. McSweeney said he believed the proposal would "put pressure" for all cities to follow suit, arguing that the cameras are a money grab and do little to make roads safer. "This is not about safety, it's all about revenue,"
    Chicago's camera program failed to deliver on safety claims and that the city's yellow light intervals are {dangerously short} and out of step with national standards.
    (Shorter yellow lights increases speeders and red light violations)
    The Chicago camera program was tied to a $2 million bribery scheme. The alleged bagman in the scheme has pleaded guilty to bribery charges. A grand jury also indicted the former CEO of the since-fired vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, and the longtime city manager who oversaw the program.
    This case is still moving through the courts.
    The reality is people are tired of rising property taxes, sales taxes, and these cameras are seen as another way extract money under the guise of safety. Some towns have removed red light cameras.
    The reality is there was never any " safety problems".

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      This is very interesting, and I agree. Cameras are a revenue generator and not a safety solution.


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