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TRAFFIC: Keep traffic cameras in place

Letter by Mike Trygstad, Lakewood / The News Tribune on April 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm with 4 Comments »
April 27, 2010 4:24 pm

I read recently about groups of people picketing against the use of red light cameras. I say either obey the law or get a ticket! Just because you feel you can continue through the intersection after the light has turned red is a violation not only against the law, but to other people’s safety.

It is a legitimate measure to ensure safety to the public, and to catch those who would otherwise take serious advantage. Being that red light running is chronic around this area, it is necessary to place cameras at very dangerous intersections. It is also beneficial for recording accidents, hit-and-runs and other criminal activity which the cameras may be able to catch and help solve.

Please keep those cameras in place. It is much safer for me and my community than to just let people carry on with their recklessness.

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  1. Read the data-cities are shortening the yellows, 5 cities have already been convicted of shortening the yellows to illegal shortness. This isn’t about safety, it is about revenue. Want safety-extend the yellows an extra .5 second. They won’t do it. 50% of the revenue goes to the out of state business that owns and operates the cameras, 50% goes to the local jurisdiction the cameras are in. It’s highway robbery by the government

  2. No, TMell, it’s about people who drive automobiles around and do not pay attention to what they are doing or to environment around them. They should be made aware of their surrounding including impending traffic signal changes. Yellow is not the new Green. I’m a pedestrian and I have to go the extra mile to make sure the automobile driving inconsiderates see me. I’ve had friends who have been hit in crosswalks. Pay the fine and stop whining. You should be so lucky to be entrusted with the privilege to drive.

  3. Tim mellema says:

    Nope Eric, it is about revenue. your safety as a pedestrian and my safety as a driver have been worsened by cities shortening the yellows to generate income. One city has been court ordered to return over 1 million in fines, as they shortened the yellow beyond the LEGAL limit. 5 other cities have been found guilty of shortening the yellow beyond the legal limit. This is NOT ABOUT SAFETY.

  4. I’d like to know which cities are allowing the shortening of the yellows..

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