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San Diego Drops Red-Light Cameras

February 05, 2013  | 

Photo via sylvar/Flickr.
Photo via sylvar/Flickr.

San Diego became the latest California city to drop red-light cameras at major intersections, as city officials cited public hostility and no measurable decline in accidents.

Mayor Bob Filner, at a Friday press conference, carried away a photo-enforcement sign from North Harbor Drive and West Grape Street, near San Diego International Airport, reports U-T San Diego.

Nearly 20,000 motorists a year received $490 tickets in a program that "can only be justified if there are demonstrable facts that prove that they raise the safety awareness and decrease accidents in our city," Filner said. "The data, in fact, does not really prove it."


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Retcop @ 2/6/2013 6:14 AM

Good !

Hiram Smith @ 2/7/2013 9:29 AM

The red light traps were always a scam and a shakedown. May also have caused accidents since part of the scam was to reset the lights for a very brief yellow to trap more people. Another little known part of the scam was that most of the tickets were not for purportedly running the red, but for a rolling right turn. The traps were a shakedown, a disguised tax, crooked in every respect, and according to the numbers probably caused more accidents than they prevented.

Bob @ 2/10/2013 3:49 PM

Although respect for the law in many countries is in steep decline, our citizens still fork over their hard-earned taxes fairly dutifully, since they see a social contract with the government to provide a safe, just, and free society in which each of us can pursue his or her individual goals. These red light gimmicks may have started from a noble idea, but they quickly evolved into a government "Profit Center", with safety, justice and freedom given only lip service, as politicians sought out the most lucrative locations to install cameras. Politicians quickly become addicted to "that most delicious of all privileges - spending other people's money" (John Randolph). When politicians' primary concern is how to get more of the people's money, rather than fulfilling their sworn duty to be responsible stewards of the position with which they have been entrusted, the people lose respect for legitimate authority. Look around at the schools: we allowed government-sanctioned gambling because the politicians swore the profits would go to improve education. Now each day, the schools have lines of cars queued up to drop off and pick up one or two kids each—although we have less kids than when the baby boomers went to school, we can't even afford buses anymore! And forget extracurricular activities—we need fund drives to even have the sports our taxes used to pay for! Although it is undisputed that government's first responsibility is to maintain a safe and orderly society, we will see this hollowing out more and more in our prisons, law enforcement, and the armed forces, as other spending becomes a "higher priority". The Roman Empire rotted from the center out, and we may see this gradually happening here. Officers may be like the Roman Legionnaires out at the edge of the empire—holding the line as the society collapses from within from the selfishness and moral decay in our leaders.

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