Comments on: 150 more red light camera sites coming http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/ The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:13:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: James C. Walker http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/#comment-555 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:07:08 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=19321#comment-555 The level of greed with cameras is Miami-Dade is truly appalling.

Adding one second to the yellow intervals to negate the malicious change in the rules to allow deliberately setting yellow intervals too short adopted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in July 2011 would almost certainly drop the straight through violation rates by 60% to 90% and they would STAY down, contrary to the false claims of camera vendors.

I understand FDOT’s rule, the state gets 52.5% of the fine revenue without paying a penny of the high cameras costs. Pure greed.

But WHY won’t governments like Miami-Dade set safer longer yellow intervals to drastically reduce violation rates? Several million dollars in camera profits is the answer. Fine revenue trumps safety in Miami-Dade and in many other Florida communities.

And at least 99.6% of all right on red camera tickets anywhere in Florida are about $$$, not safety, because federal research shows only 0.4% of crashes at signalized intersections involve a right on red turn – and only 0.06% of crashes with an injury or fatality do.

Red light cameras are a predatory money grab racket, one that would likely be deemed a criminal enterprise if governments were not business partners with the for-profit camera vendors.

Contact your state Representatives and Senators to insist they support the bills to ban cameras in the 2014 legislative session. Get a commitment from your area legislators to do this and let them know this WILL be an issue that affects your future votes.

James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

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By: Stephen http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/#comment-534 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:08:06 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=19321#comment-534 Also note that any “cost neutral” contracts ARE REALLY PER TICKET, AND LIKLEY ILLEGAL! (CA COURTS HAVE RULED “cost neutral” contracts illegal already http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3499.asp).

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/36/3623.asp

Under severe budgetary pressures, local jurisdictions often sign contracts with vendors that were presented with a slick marketing campaign. Such deals often contain extremely unfavorable terms. The public is hurt by per-ticket payment systems — often disguised with “cost neutral” contract language — that ensure that the system is designed to maximize revenue, not safety. Such provisions provide a monetary incentive to increase the number of tickets issued. That leads to other provisions prohibiting cities from lengthening yellow light duration to improve safety and requiring right on red ticketing and ticket approval quotas.

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By: Stephen http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/#comment-533 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:04:53 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=19321#comment-533 banthecams.org/index.php/articles/read-light-camera/4906-paul-henry-exposes-data-miami-dade-rlc-dont-want-to-bring-up

Quote: Paul Henry Exposes Data Miami-Dade RLC DON’T Want to bring up!

http://www.facebook.com/groups/banthecams/669290023111023/?notif_t=group_activity

150 more RLC in the state of Dade (Miami). Note the revenue provision in the contract. How about a crash reduction provision? Then there is the crash data from nearly 10 years ago. As usual, my comment awaits moderation. I’ve copied it below.

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/#comment-526

It’s great to see some crash numbers, albeit from 2004 (for which there were 96 fatal red light violation or RLV crashes). I wonder why the RLV deaths from 2005-2010 are not there? They are available online on the DHSMV website in a publication called “Traffic Crash Facts”. Here are the numbers (the camera scheme was enacted effective July 2010):
2005: 96 (no change)

2006: 123 (+27)

2007: 107 (-16)

2008: 76 (-31)

2009: 56 (-20)

2010: 53 (-3)

Then there is 2011. For some reason, the DHSMV did not publish numbers for crash causes that year. Perhaps it is due to the number of fatal crashes jumping to 72 (+19). 2011 was the first full year of the camera scheme, and these numbers do not lie. No camera on a pole will magically awaken or make sober an inattentive or drunk driver. These crashes, like others, fluctuate.

The camera scheme exists to make money. This is further evidenced in the clause that the scheme must bring revenue to the county.

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By: Paul Henry http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/#comment-526 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:08:38 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=19321#comment-526 It’s great to see some crash numbers, albeit from 2004 (for which there were 96 fatal red light violation or RLV crashes). I wonder why the RLV deaths from 2005-2010 are not there? They are available online on the DHSMV website in a publication called “Traffic Crash Facts”. Here are the numbers (the camera scheme was enacted effective July 2010):
2005: 96 (no change)

2006: 123 (+27)

2007: 107 (-16)

2008: 76 (-31)

2009: 56 (-20)

2010: 53 (-3)

Then there is 2011. For some reason, the DHSMV did not publish numbers for crash causes that year. Perhaps it is due to the number of fatal crashes jumping to 72 (+19). 2011 was the first full year of the camera scheme, and these numbers do not lie. No camera on a pole will magically awaken or make sober an inattentive or drunk driver. These crashes, like others, fluctuate.

The camera scheme exists to make money. This is further evidenced in the clause that the scheme must bring revenue to the county.

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By: Henry http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/27/150-red-light-camera-sites-coming/#comment-522 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:41:48 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=19321#comment-522 Earlier this year the West Palm Beach commissioners heard a speech (with tears) by red light camera promoter Melissa Wandall – and then they approved 52 more cameras.

Now it’s 150 more in Miami Dade.

It’s been eleven years since Mark Wandall died, long enough so we shouldn’t have to tiptoe around anymore.

The driver of the car in which Wandall’s husband Mark was riding had been drinking. Not legally drunk, but buzzed. He hit the gas when his green arrow came on, evidently without confirming that opposing traffic had stopped. If he had not been buzzed he might have noticed, directly in front of him and coming straight at him, the headlights of the red light runner.

The driver was Ms. Wandall’s brother. You can imagine that if it had been anyone else driving, Ms. Wandall (or anyone else) would have sued the driver for his last dime. But she couldn’t do that, couldn’t punish her brother, so she has punished us, with red light cameras.

Mark Wandall’s death is a lesson for us to teach our children of driving age: Drive defensively – and don’t drive buzzed. (They’re connected, because when you are buzzed, you drop your defenses.) In particular, don’t swing a left turn – even with a green arrow – until you’ve looked around. I would welcome a campaign by Ms. Wandall that focused on that particular lesson. She’s a good speaker and could save a lot of lives, nationwide. And no one would have to install cameras.

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