New York Times Takes On Red Light Cameras
from the good-for-them dept
Over the past few years, we’ve seen plenty of stories about problems with red light cameras, from the fact that they tend to cause more accidents (though, rear end accidents, rather than t-bone accidents) to the fact that some cities have been caught lowering the yellow light time in order to catch more red light runners. One thing that seems quite clear at this point is that the cameras are not about promoting safe driving at all, but are purely about increasing revenue (both for the local government and for the private companies who usually manage the cameras for a cut of the fees). And while there have been some mainstream press reports about the problems with the cameras, there haven’t been many public calls from the mainstream press to do something about them.
That is, until a NY Times reporter got dinged by a red light camera (though, for some odd reason, he didn’t find out about it until years after it happened). And then we get a nice report on all of the problems with red light cameras and how cities could easily increase safety by merely increasing the amount of time a light is yellow. It’s nice to see this issue getting some more attention. Road safety is an important issue — and it’s a shame that governments have been making roads less safe in an attempt to increase revenue when there are much better solutions out there.