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CAMERAS: How to keep business away

Letter by Douglas E. Simpson, Tacoma on March 17, 2011 at 11:22 am | 2 Comments »
March 17, 2011 1:37 pm

Re: “Traffic cameras discourage business” (letter, 3-16).

Our lawmakers did not intend traffic cams to be cash cows for cities and towns. They wanted to reduce accidents and violations of traffic laws. When cities choose to make the fines as high as possible, they are sending a message: “Don’t come here to spend your money.”

I have obliged for some time, but fear I am going to be overwhelmed by cameras soon. Meanwhile, I suggest we all avoid any businesses that are in communities that have either excessive traffic fines or paid parking. It’s not like we don’t have other options.

The safest practice I have read about to reduce accidents is to have a timed yellow light followed by a one- or two-second red light in all directions. The result: no accidents, no fines. It sure makes more sense to me.

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