Here’s some civil disobedience in the UK that should please pistonheads everywhere.
They put in red light cameras at intersections near my old office this year. And if they had just done that, it wouldn’t bother me. But at the same time they shortened the yellow light at the intersection to timing that’s dangerously short. So if you drive through there and you see the light on yellow you have no choice but to slam on your brakes, or get a ticket.
Unsurprisingly, the number of wrecks at this intersection went up. If I had been involved in one I’d have sued the city, and civil disobedience like this wouldn’t bother me in the least.
That warms my heart (and my bones).
Cameras roasting on an open fire.
Revenuers can’t photograph.
Cars zip by, speeds ever higher.
“No mailed tickets,” they all laugh.
TO: Stephen Green, et al.
RE: I Like….
I have ever since seeing two diesel pick-ups ram a mini-van in the side while trying to run the red, betting on the cum of the delayed green at a major intersection in Denver.
I’m reminded of watching a school bus run the red in the same manner in Denver. Intersection of University and Bellview. I was looking at a green light and a school bus broadside to me.
I live in High Point, NC. We had a red light camera program, as well. The city had contracted for the service with 70% of the monies from the “ticket” going to the contractor. Unfortunately for the city, the state of North Carolina has a law which states that the clear proceeds from all penalties and forfeitures and all fines belong to the county for the exclusive use of the schools.
A local lawyer sued the city over the disbursement (or lack thereof) of funds. They eventually lost on all appeals (see here for a summary) and turned off the cameras.
Of course, the city’s argument all along was that it was a safety issue; people were safer, speeds were lower, accidents were lower, etc. Of course, they cannot find the money to pay for it any other way.
If it was so much better and safer and not about the money, why have they not attempted to pay for it some other way? Heck, tax us for safety’s sake (we’re used to that), even if it’s a new one, but don’t lie to us that is was never about the money!
We’ve got those same red light cameras here in Toledo. With the majority of the money going to the red light camera company. I call b.s. on that.
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