next, you’ll have speed cameras and then you’ll get the wonderful cameras that measure tread depth in your tires… all for safety! I love the British protesters putting tires filled with gasoline over the cameras.
around here, the cops review the ‘guilty’ photos to see if they warrant a ticket! they don’t even have to get off their asses to work a traffic trap…
If you’ve got an Iphone just get the app. Just remember that according to D.C. Police Chief. Cathy Lanier you are now considered a coward for using them. Of course this is after D.C. drivers are driving slower in those areas and causing the $1 billion annual revenue to drop to an expected $29 million for speed cameras. If I ever get one of those phones/gismos I’m so getting that app. Go Cowardly me go.
From the article Radley links to: “Accidents jumped 43 percent at intersections with traffic cameras the last time Alexandria operated red-light cameras, between 1998 and 2005.”
An increase from 5 accidents in 1998 to 10 accidents in 2005 would represent an increase of 100% over the period but I’m not sure what that would tell us about the effect of traffic cameras. Suppose the number of cars going through the intersections in question had also increased by 43%.
It would have been nice if the article had included some speculation about the reason(s) for the increase. How much of the increase is accounted for by people who stopped at an intersection being rear-ended by drivers who were not expecting them to stop?