The installation of cameras to catch motorists running a red light is indeed an aid to the safety of pedestrians as well as other motorists. But is using the camera as a means to raise revenue a proper act by a city?
The intersection of 54th Avenue and 20th Street has such a camera (good), but it is being used to ply money from those driving into Fife from I-5 for fuel or shopping. Fife is fining those who drift across the white line (no crosswalk and too far back to see cross traffic) while the light is red.
Observing the site yields great numbers doing so, including law officers, and a stop at the courthouse confirms an “awful lot” of tickets being mailed out with the statement: “This infraction will not be placed on your driving record and will be processed as a parking violation” – a curious statement considering the $124 ticket reads that it is for “running a red light.”
In these economic times, creative income sourcing is understandable, but city management should examine the whole economic picture with questions like: “What impact will this have on commerce in our town?” and, “Will this action create an even greater divide between the public and government bureaucracy?”
Know that I am now avoiding that town.