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CAMERAS: Don’t just take industry’s word

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup on May 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | 2 Comments »
May 23, 2011 3:11 pm

Re: “Innovative technology – like red-light cameras – saves lives” (Viewpoint, 5-20).

Mark Rosenker and the National Coalition for Safer Roads – a photo enforcement advocacy group – is supported by camera vendor American Traffic Solutions. ATS is the largest provider of road safety programs and camera installations in the United States and Canada.

The National Motorists Association claims that Rosenker and the National Coalition for Safer Roads are nothing but a front to cover the estimated $3.75 billion to $7 billion generated from ticket revenue each year. This is the cherry on top of our politicians’ toll, fee and tax sundae.

This was taken from the Highway Safety Group’s website: “Our research in Gardena (Calif.) has revealed there is no significant traffic safety impact as a result of the use of the red light cameras. At almost every intersection where we have cameras, collisions have remained the same, decreased very slightly, or increased depending on the intersection you examine. When combining the statistics of all the intersections, the overall consensus is that there is not a noticeable safety enhancement to the public.”

This is according to Gardena Police Chief Edward Medrano, in a staff report prepared for a February 2010 city council meeting.

Please take the time to research red light cameras for yourself, not just the industry’s side.

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