Suspicious of need for red light cameras
Original post made by Renee Batti, news editor of The Almanac, on Jan 10, 2007
I want to echo the sentiments of Claude Leglise, (Letters Dec. 13) who was quite eloquent on the subject of adding red light surveillance cameras in Menlo Park. When are we, as a population, going to protest the legalized spying on us and our privacy?
This grows more prevalent every day. Are red light violations a big concern in Menlo Park, or is the business of raising revenues really the bigger concern? I never run a red light, but what will be defined as a "red light?" We all have had the experience of heading into the intersection when the light is yellow, and later turns red.
It's my understanding that some of these camera companies have actually shortened the length of a yellow light to increase their revenues, since they are paid on the basis of fines levied. In such instances, they are actually creating the crime to line their coffers.
When are we going to look to local government to serve and protect us, not spend time thinking of ways to drive revenues on our backs?
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park