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The real reason behind red light cameras

Original post made by Claude Leglise, another community, on Dec 13, 2006


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Posted by Mr. Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 13, 2006 at 1:23 pm

Using cameras to catch red light runners seems un-American to me. One principle operating here is to create citizens capable of being civil under their own recognizance, is it not?

But if there are lots of people running red lights in Menlo Park, we have to do something. Parking police cruisers nearby intersections isn't going to cut it; it's too expensive.

Maybe we could park volunteers at intersections with signs to wave at violators: "Running red lights can be harmful to children, the elderly, the common good and your conscience."

Do people who run lights even get the idea of a common good, much less worry about it? I doubt it.

If Menlo Park and/or an Australian camera vendor happen to make money from people who endanger lives and flagrantly break laws, where is the harm?

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Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 13, 2006 at 3:02 pm

Yep, running red lights is bad. Everyone knows that.

So what are our city's finest going to do now that they will not have to write tickets for red lights?

Before we install these lights, I really hope someone actually does a study (read: looks) at how many people run red lights, when, and why. Does it just happen at rush hour in the evening? Are some just caught behind a big vehicle and did not see the light turn yellow fast enough. Realistically, these things happen.

Or, do we simply want the money "promised" to us by some company. I for one will be going out to the intersections and video record the light sequence and timing. I personally want to know if there will be a change to the amount of yellow timing once the cameras are installed. That information was really interesting.

But I really do understand, "its free money RIGHT!" and it should be ours, lets just ignore that there are problems, they are in the future, but for today, show me that money....