Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fools! Finally Admitting The Truth About Red Light Cameras

MSNBC has a report on the recent trend of turning off traffic cameras. It seems that when they work as their proponents say they will then people don't break the law as much. When people don't break the law as much, then there is a decrease in tickets, meaning less money for the municipality.
City officials in Charlotte and Fayetteville, N.C., recently turned off all of their red light cameras, concluding that a state law diverting much of the revenue they generate in fines to schools meant their general funds were actually losing money, NBC affiliate WNCN of Raleigh reported.

In Bolingbrook, Ill., meanwhile, officials ended their red light camera program after statistics showed a 40 percent drop in ticketable offenses.

If safety was the real concern, why turn these cameras off? More importantly, why not lengthen the yellow light? April Fools, America, red light cameras are only about the money.

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