Skip to comments.ssue 35: Cleveland's traffic cameras to be removed
Posted on 11/07/2014 8:49:30 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican
A Gannett propaganda outlet is the source.
I had to laugh at the push by the opponents to this bill that said the cameras were necessary to “protect children” - as if these cameras are set up in school zones.
Granted, I don’t drive everywhere in the county, but there are exactly three places on my regular commute that have traffic cameras set up. Without exception, all three are in industrial areas monitoring speeding. Generally because the speed limits are set ridiculously low for the traffic and road conditions.
The only times speeding in these areas would be dangerous is during rush hour, and typically you’re lucky if you can even go the speed limit at those times.
It’s basically revenue enhancement. There are no children to save and nothing safety related his happening.
One is close enough to my home that I’ve given serious thought to the Brits’ speed camera solution...
I know someone well who is a major power broker in Cleveland.
About a year ago he, along with several other fat cats, was involved in a zoning or some property-related struggle with City Hall.
His trump card was circulating the petition to remove the cameras. Several city council members candidly admitted the cameras were strictly a cash cow and they were obviously worried about losing $13M+ annually.
I can’t say for sure that the players forced the government’s hands but with or without the arm-twisting good riddance to the cameras, good riddance to politicians moaning about safety and good riddance to thickheaded soccer moms who buy the propaganda.
In the three years since red light cameras were removed from our little town, 11 deaths have been attributed to red light runners including a 17 year old girl on her way to get a prom dress. I myself have had 4 very close calls this year alone. One was a migrant with a van full of people who actually passed behind me through the intersection after running the red light. He was gazing at his cell phone at what I estimated to be 70 Mph in a 45 Mph zone. I no longer trust green lights.
No matter what they say, it is about generating revenues. Any talk of “safety” is nothing but whitewash.
I’m glad the legislation passed.
The next step might be to pass new legislation to make sure the yellow lights get set back to defined standards since many appear to have been coincidentally shortened to generate more red light revenue.
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