Red Light Camera Vendor Not Doing So Well With Public Opposition Driving Down Its Revenue

from the awww...-too-bad dept

There's been significant growing opposition to red light camera programs, which have a long history of showing absolutely no safety benefit, and are often run for-profit by local governments in combination with private companies. That opposition is leading more and more cities and towns to dump the red light cameras -- while some operators are getting caught illegally decreasing the time of the yellow or amber lights to try to issue more fines.

Jeff Nolan alerts us to the news that one of the biggest players in the space, Redflex, has announced that public opposition to its cameras has created a real drain on revenue, and its profits were down significantly. This would be the same Redflex that just so happened to fail to live up to its contract in Denver to deliver data that could be used to determine whether or not the cameras were really effective.

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    Alan Gerow (profile), 14 Sep 2009 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: They might work

    I like the idea of community service in place of fines for community-related infractions. Running a red light without hurting anyone is by definition a victimless-crime ... it's not even a "crime" at all, but a law infraction. The ultimate victim is the community, because of the threat of said driver is to other community members that proceed on a green light without looking to see that they are actually clear to go.

    Since the "victim" is the community, the government should not receive financial compensation, but the community receiving service for the danger the driver posed is far more palpable.

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