We ought to take the next step

And ban them.

A funny thing happened in Georgia after state lawmakers in 2008 required local governments to add an extra second of yellow light on traffic signals using cameras to catch drivers running red lights.

The number of camera-initiated tickets plummeted. So did enforcement revenues. As a result, some towns and cities, where officials previously had lauded photo enforcement’s impact on driver safety, decided to dump the camera program.

“It sort of exposed the myth of why those cameras are there,” observed Dalton, Ga., Mayor David Pennington, a photo-enforcement critic. “The reason that a lot of us were given was (it was) to prevent accidents.”

3 comments

  1. Dave says:

    The key word there is “revenues.” They are disgusting. Ban the damn things. Let the cop catch you for a traffic offense the old fashioned way. They don’t prevent crap. They just further intrude on out lives.

  2. Doug Deal says:

    If it is really all about safety, then send all of the “revenue” in excess of a token amount to pay for enforcement to a victims fund and outlaw governments from spending it. Watch how fast the enforcement stops.

    We need to stop encouraging “violations” as a means to fund government, as it makes the whole legal system a joke.

  3. NorthGeorgiaGirl says:

    I believe Rep. Barry Loudermilk from Cassville has been trying to get the cameras banned for several years. Adding one second was a great way to get the truth out about what the cameras were really for…revenue. Maybe HB 31 will finally pass now that the truth is out.

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