Monday, August 19, 2013

More on the Traffic Scameras

A couple days ago I wrote about the red-light cameras (read scameras) in a little burg in Iowa that was so addicted to the revenue they decided to turn the cameras back on. They did so this morning as a matter of fact. In that piece I opined that study after study have shown that there is no safety benefit to red light cameras at all, and in fact those same studies show that accidents actually increase at intersections where money-grubbing cities run red-light scams. How convenient then, that I can now cite a study from that exact little money-grubbing burg in Iowa:

The number of accidents at Clive’s red-light monitored intersections in 2012 was twice the figure from four years earlier, a statistic some say supports the removal of the devices.

However, during the same period, the number of accidents citywide dropped 22 percent, a report provided to the Clive City Council shows.

Clive’s red-light cameras were slated to be turned back on at 12:01 a.m. today. Council members, who on a split vote shut off the cameras in July, agreed to resume the program after concerns were raised that city services and programs would be cut to make up for the estimated $700,000 in lost revenue from the cameras.
 Fortunately, the bureaucrats in Clive have decided to bite the bullet and wean themselves off of the red-light camera crack by the end of the fiscal year. They've apparently realized that based on the facts, they can't BS the public into believing that they are running red-light scams in the name of public safety.

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