If anyone is to be punished, its the mother of the dead girl. there is obviously some poor parenting going on. If a child isnt emotionally secure enough to avoid suicide, I believe its the parents fault. If the parents had been supportive enough, maybe the child would have realized that she could have went to her Mother and Father for help when she felt so broken hearted.
What I dont understand is how the camera actuall decreases accidents. It will not stop a light runner. If someone is going to run the light, they will, camera or no camera.
Red light camera have got to be the most idiotic means of "increasing safety" I have ever seen. One reason, here were I live, you CAN NOT turn right on red at a red light camera, which at most intersections causes a huge jam.
As far as revenue, my county has claimed that it requires 47% of each ticket to pay for the service and maintenance on each system. Well where does the other 43% go??? LOCAL REVENUE!
I can also attest to local drivers slamming on their brakes to avoid getting caught by the camera. And, honestly, how many people still use the "safe distance" rule when you approach a busy intersection, especially during rush hour? Granted, I use the safe distance every where else, but its impossible to use on a busy street at an intersection when every one is traveling around 30-40 mph.
Oh yeah, heres a thought, for all the folks that think they actually DECREASE accidents....go to your local county office, and ask to see the accident records. It is public knowledge and it is available. You did pay for those cameras with your tax dollars and you have every right to see how they are "helping" you. Compare those numbers with the national average... you will be shocked.
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