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Some Florida Communities Caught Shortening Yellow Lights

Red Light camera

Red Light camera

People often claim that traffic citations are more about fund-raising for cities and counties than they are about the safety of drivers. While the communities continually deny this, they rake in money from the citations, especially red light cameras. Well, it’s hard to claim that the communities are concerned about safety when it turns out that some communities are deliberately SHORTENING yellow lights, which directly leads to more red light tickets. Studies have shown that shorter yellow lights lead to more accidents, but politicians are still using the camera company’s talking points to claim justification for shortening the yellows. Some of those same politicians are receiving campaign donations from the camera companies!

More insidious is that camera supporters put through a change in the law to allow the yellow lights to be shortened. Still, communities in the WTSP story are still shortening the yellow lights below the new minimum standards. Watch reporter Pransky confront the spokesman with evidence of the intentional shortening. This is sickening.

The red light cameras are clearly a racket for communities to tax drivers for the most minor of infractions. Amidst some tumult about the cameras, Collier took theirs down a few months ago. One of the commissioners there admitted it was a revenue generating program, and they weren’t making as much money when the law changed to prevent the camera company from making a commission based on the number of tickets issued. This is shameful by these other Florida communities who are putting drivers at greater risk, just to ticket them for more revenue. It’s government working against the people who it should be working for, and I applaud the investigative efforts of Noah Pransky and the WTSP, Channel 10 news team in Tampa for bringing this racket to light. Great job, I can safely say we Mr. Pransky’s reporting in Southwest Florida.

Thanks to Drudge Report for pointing out the story.


Red Light Cameras Coming Down in Collier County

Collier Commissioners have finally decided that the red light camera program was not only intrusive and disliked by a lot of its citizens, it’s also a boondoggle.  Commissioners voted to opt out of the remainder of their contract with the company, and the cameras will be coming down soon.  (They are still up now, so continue to be careful.)

I find it telling that Commissioner Nance admitted that they were supposed to be a revenue-generating program, as in the past te government has tried to justify such cameras on public safety grounds.  There are indications that Commissioners say there is no evidence to support the contention that the cameras reduce accidents.  Big Brother is not only watching, he’s looking for reasons to dip in your pockets.  NBC did a story early this year how the contract Collier signed with the company was in violation of state law after Tallahassee banned such commission-like contracts for camera providers.  Collier signed a new contract after that paying the company a hefty monthly fee, but allowing the option to terminate this coming February.

Having just driven through Collier several times in the last few days, I have to add that the flashes that go off in the target intersections are distracting for the other drivers who have stopped.   I applaud this decision by Collier Commissioners.