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CAMERAS: Valuable safety tool could save even more lives

Letter by Paul and Sue Oberhauser, Somerset, Ohio on Feb. 3, 2011 at 11:55 am with 6 Comments »
February 3, 2011 11:55 am

We are writing in response to the recent coverage about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s study of safety camera programs across the country (TNT, 2-1). This study reaffirms these cameras work to prevent crashes, change driver behavior and save lives.

They saved 159 lives in the 14 cities where the cameras were used between 2004 and 2008. Just imagine how many lives would be saved if the technology were used in every city across the country.

This topic is of particular importance to us because we lost our daughter, Sarah, after a man ran a red light and crashed into her car. Our family, including her two children, lost a beloved family member after someone disregarded our most basic traffic safety law: Red means stop.

Sarah’s death has led us to partners with law enforcement, medical professionals and safety advocates through the Traffic Safety Coalition to remind drivers that one small decision can have devastating effects.

The study concludes that more than 800 lives could have been saved if every large city in the country used traffic safety cameras. If there is a law enforcement tool that is proven to prevent tragedies like Sarah’s, why wouldn’t we use it?

Although nothing will bring Sarah back, we encourage the use of any tool or technology that will keep families safe and prevent senseless tragedy.

(The Oberhausers are co-chairs of the Traffic Safety Coalition.)

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    I hate to be cold and uncaring, but I look both ways even after my light turns green. I’ll bet doing that has saved me from harm three or four times in my forty-some years of driving. People in favor of these Robo-Cops really wear their chains lightly, and seem not to care of liberty and freedom.

  2. ronniew says:

    I hate to be cold and uncaring as well, but the reality is a camera would not have stopped the car that plowed into their daughter, although there would be a clear picture of the accident scene.

    One of two things happened. Either she was in the first car in line when her light turned green and she drove into the intersection without looking for that jerk that always tries to slip through just a little late, or the other guy drove straight into already moving traffic. If that’s the case, the kind of guy who will drive into already moving traffic isn’t going to be deterred by a silly camera.

  3. harleyrider1 says:

    Ohio? Imposing your will on others because of your life experience is not a basis for intruding on my freedom to lawfully move about my State or this Country.

    Your argument helps you reconcile your loss everyday. I get that. However, it is no different than others that have lost people due to irresponsible actions by others. It happens every day in a free society. Logically, we can’t react each time and impose on freedom or intrude on others’ lives because of what may have happened in our own.

    Cameras generate revenue. Their benefit is subjective. Government cameras in a free society do not have a place without taking some small part of freedom away.

  4. If you do not break the law, these cameras do not interfere with any of your freedoms.

    Do you think that the negligent driver cares about your rights and freedoms? Nope! His wallet is his top priority.

    Red light cameras won’t stop all red light runners, but two out of three is a big improvement.

    I’m very sorry that you lost your daughter. No one should have to bury their child.

    Good luck with your campaign.

  5. Liberty and freedom taken away from red light cameras? What planet are you living on? We live in a society now that uses GPS in our cars, trackers on ATM cards so we know where they have been used, and we even put chips on our dogs to track them. These cameras dont take pictures of anyone except for self-entitled drivers who feel they have some sort of right breaking the law. If this technological advancement bothers you, maybe you should move somewhere you wont be effected, like Siberia.

  6. scooter6139 says:

    Red Light camera’s do not take pictures of drivers, they take pictures of vehicles and license plates. Red light camera’s punish owners of vehicles, NOT the drivers of said vehicles.
    Sorry you lost your daughter, but as others have already said, a red light camera would not have done a thing to help deter the other driver. Except give the vehicle owner a ticket.

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