Are traffic speed cameras more for public safety or local government revenue? (UserQ)
Yeah I'd say yes except those things are expensive... They're sketchy though lol
you have the right to face your accuser in court. no accuser no crime
They're unconstitutional and they also malfunction. I know a few people who have all been well within the limit (I saw the speedometer) who have been caught be speed cameras.
Hate those things.
I honestly never ever considered if they were there for our safety. Because isn't it obvious they're for money?
It's a combination of both.
the studies don't lie!
The safety earns them the cash...
Considering this is often accompanied by reducing yellow lights to unsafe and unreasonably short time periods: cold cash at the cost of safety. If you have to come to a sudden complete stop for a yellow light to avoid running the red, it can't be good for cars or gas mileage either.
Sorry but I'd rather pay our cops to catch real criminals than go on a wild goose chase to find someone caught by a speed camera
@holy yes you're right... Because the cameras that catch you are third party companies, not sworn officers. They're hoping you "turn yourself in" by following the instructions on the letter you receive and pay the fine. Arizona tried it... And lost a lot of money
We are watching you. It is for your good. Trust us. Only criminals need to be afraid.
When an officer catches you breaking the law, he's making the roads safer.
But when cameras catch you breaking the law, it's all about money.
Obey the traffic laws... Morons!
The sneakiness of DC... They have small laser activated cameras from rear. This reduces reflection until too late.
Today, the cameras are networked real time and use optical face and number recognition. They can also provide dynamic signal optimization based on real time flow characteristics.
I mean speed cameras too ***
Although law violators should be punished, the cameras are very unforgiving and can be unfair. I also believe that many only have them for money reasons, sadly.
Driver 1 : Traffic cameras suck. And are only there to make money.
Driver 2 : I obey the traffic laws and have never had to pay a fine .
Driver 1 : Stop obeying the laws and being rational; you make me look bad.
@SDLA, sounds like a faaaantastic idea. ticket those lane constipators.
how can the cameras be mont makers if people arent running red lights? If people are running red lights or cutting it too close that sounds like a safety issue to me.
Brilliant! Tickets for slow drivers in the left lane!
I'd be for speed cameras on the freeway in the fast lane or HOV only... to keep people from going to SLOW with a line of cars backed up behind them.
Alison, in LA you cant turn left without waiting until it's yellow/red because there are no Left Turn arrows. you have to pull into the middle of the intersection and wait for the yellow just to get through. which proves to me LA is more interested in revenue than safety.
I got into an accident at an intersection in Florida when someone in the intersecting lane ignored their red light. I went immediately to the police station which was in walking distance since the guy hit and ran. Apparently the red light cameras there werent recording. Safety, my a$$.
Holy babble you are quoting a study that was paid for by essentially the benefactor of the study.
Red light cameras may work in some instances, but they are clearly for city revenue, masked in safety.
It said SPEED cameras; not red light cameras. I wish people would learn how to slow down and process what they read before jumping in and posting on it. Speed cameras=money makers. Red light cameras=love them. I'm tired of jerks blowing red lights on left turns.
Cars should just be banned. They are far to dangerous for the great unwashed to be entrusted with. Not to mention the environmental destruction. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid Babs!
Front-into-side collisions – the crash type most closely associated with red light running – at these intersections declined by 32 percent overall, and front-into-side crashes involving injuries fell 68 percent.
Significant citywide crash reductions followed the introduction of red light cameras, and injury crashes at intersections with traffic signals were reduced by 29 percent.
Institute studies found that in addition to the decrease in red light running at camera-equipped sites, the effect carried over to signalized intersections not equipped with red light cameras, indicating community-wide changes in driver behavior.
A 2011 Institute for Highway Safety study comparing large cities with red light cameras to those without found the devices reduced the fatal red light running crash rate by 24 percent and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at signalized intersections by 17 percent.
@Ogias - you got 4 seconds on the yellow and a 2 second grace period on the red light camera. You can easily stop an 18 wheeler in that time
When 40,00 ppl die needlessly every year on our roadways, you think there'd be a public outcry for safety. Keep worrying about sneaky terrorists, never mind the Asian woman who can't keep her Honda Pilot in a Lane who is FAR more likely to kill you...
I'm surprised by many of the poll results on here. But this one is shocking.
83% say cash? You people are without a doubt complete morons.
They don't bring in much cash, except for DC where they've got hundreds. Our red light cameras went away they weren't even paying for themselves. Before that they had dramatically reduced crashes at those intersections
it was a damned if you do damned if you don't situation not enough time to make it through and too close to stop at or before the white line.
I'm still waiting for the real traffic issue poll to arise: should school zones be removed from college and HS areas? cull the flock I say
It's would not be for cash if you dont speed. What the real issue is, you can't talk your way out of a ticket from a machine.
Schools are anomalies. For some reason the prospect of having kids all around you seems to decrease your desire to drive like a maniac.
They cause more accidents butcthatsbonly beau there's too many law breakers in our rides civil folks don't break no laws
It's just for cash. They cause more accidents.
That's real nice of the city, but I only wish I knew how they do that!
BTW, we have this new kind of speed limit sign near me. It's this cool thing on wheels with the speed limit constantly changing in lights. What's cool is, every time I pass it, no matter how fast, the speed has changed to exactly what I'm doing at that instant.
I saw a study that suggested that there may be more accidents caused by traffic light cameras.
Gun, I don't know about in Iowa, but I've never seen a traffic light on a 70 mph stretch of road. lol
@sarasponda, on Long Island, too. I got a ticket for one. The irony is that the yellow is timed so short that at the posted speed limit, there's no way u can stop in time without causing an accident.
Im pretty sure the government just wants to control every aspect of our lives
I support red light and speeding cameras. People need to learn how to drive safely. If the sign says 70 mph then you drive 70 mph under ideal driving conditions and slower if conditions are bad.
They cause more accidents bc people usually slam on their brakes when they see them...
I bet more people are hurt/killed by jaywalking. When will the jaywalking cameras be installed? Oops! I just gave the commies an idea.
I'm pretty sure most Americans are smart enough to NOT kill ourselves by running red lights.