Not to worry, they will be replaced by drones!
Traffic cameras catch a much higher percentage of violations than the old fashioned “cop behind a billboard” method. The size of fines evolved to create sufficient deterrence, given the low probability of getting caught. IOW, we (the potential offenders) would consider both the size of the fine, and the probability of getting caught, when deciding whether it’s worth while speeding, running a yellow light, or whatever. Here’s a simple formula for the deterrence effect: Low probability of being caught X high fine = high probability of being caught X lower fine.
With traffic cams, the probability of getting caught is much greater. That means that a smaller fine should create sufficient deterrence effect (especially when combined with a points system, that would result in a license suspension for multiple offenders.)
Naturally, it has never occurred to any government to lower the fines, when traffic cams are introduced. Hence the oft-heard accusation that the cameras are all part of a cash grab.
We survived multiple decades without cameras at traffic lights. Now Big Brother Govt wants to micro-manage us down toi every detail and punish us with fines when we jump a little too high or wide out of their box of schemes.
We should use those cameras as target practice.
Not in Connecticut:
Lawmakers to Consider Red Light Cameras Again
By Chris Coffey | Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013
The more corrupt the regime, the more prevalent the electronic cops. If you’re driving within the Chicago city limits (and you actually survive the trip), be aware that not only is the city overrun with red-light cameras, but that in the near future, almost 80% of the roadways will be covered by speed-monitoring cameras.
Rowan Atkinson included in one of his “Johnny English” movies a scene in which he blows away a traffic camera with a James-Bond-like automobile-mounted rocket - I wish I’d seen that bit in a movie theater to see what kind of applause it registered.
As the guy who drives the firetruck or periodically ambulance, I hate red light cameras.
With out them we come screaming up to an intersection and people will treat the red light like a blinking yellow light and move on when safe.
Where there is a camera they just freeze, as would I. I just wish the Einsteins that think the cameras are such great ideas would be the one who just keeled over with the heart attack...
Anyone who actually supports red light cameras better be lining up to have their phones tapped and allow the cops to use their house as temporary quarters.
The cops here are really sneaky setting up speed traps with their stealthy jet black Camaro’s with the flat lights on the roofs, and all their unmarked cars. They love dark cloudy days because they are hard to site
I never had a problem seeing the red light camera's in Maryland but now I use waze GPS/navigator on my iphone and it automatically warns me of all red light cameras, and police and traffic problems too by user input.
I also use it to report police positions hidden and visible, it asks which it is. I find that the most fun, it asks if I want to take a picture of the cop too... that is fun.
waze is free too.
Any law enforcement action that becomes a revenue enhancement for the local officials be they law enforcement or city officials is prone to become ripe for abuse.
If it’s REALLY about safety (and it’s not), all they’d have to do is delay the time between having the red light come on and the green light coming on in the opposite (cross) direction by about 2 seconds.
But boy, the government does lovelovelove the $$$$ those cameras bring in, nevermind the amazing amount of rear-end accidents and near accidents I’ve seen over the last year or so.
Those cameras are menaces, IMO.
I don’t particularly mind speed cameras, if used appropriately. But I hate red-light cameras. They’ve actually made my driving worse (stomping on the brakes at yellow lights, etc.).