No more red light cameras

A House committee in VA has killed bills that would allow locations in VA to use red light surveillance cameras after July 1st. On the one hand, the red light cameras served as safety measures and have been proven successful over the past ten years. On the other hand, as the lawmakers who voted against the bill argue, they may be seen as a step towards an invasion of privacy. So I guess the argument is Big Brother vs. Possible Death, huh?

7 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on February 18th, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

    Red Light cameras are just revenue devices, not life-savers.

  2. JennB (unregistered) on February 18th, 2005 @ 4:13 pm

    Eh, I was just going with the article I read. The lawmakers seemed to think they’re life-savers.

  3. Chavez (unregistered) on February 18th, 2005 @ 5:15 pm

    We’ve got the same situation in Houston. Thankfully, the Texas Legislature is passing a bill to prohibit Houston from using the cameras.

    Good luck!

  4. Dawn (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 7:28 am

    I am actually in favor of the cameras. No, it’s not fun to get a photo in the mail of your ass-end going through a light, but I think it made people behave a wee bit better than they normally would have. Besides, I’d rather have a no-muss ticket mailed to me rather than the production that comes with being pulled over by a real-life cop, especially with all those fake cops assaulting women on the highways.

  5. Tiff (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 10:07 am

    It didn’t make people behave better, it made people slam on their brakes harder and get rear-ended more often. It also made local authorities shorten the duration of yellow lights at those intersections in order to catch more people, and therefore increase ticket revenue. Some safety innovation.

    And Virginia has recently figured out that citations sent by mail are actually not legally valid anyway…

  6. Ricky (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 11:39 am

    We have the same problem here in Houston as well.

  7. JLo (unregistered) on February 21st, 2005 @ 12:55 pm

    Lawmakers like the cameras, but they’re not lifesavers. AAA has come out against them because they increase the rate of accidents at camera-enabled intersections. They seem like a good idea on the face of it, but the reality is that they generate a healthy stream of revenue in a time when local governments are struggling to make the numbers work. Selective enforcement doesn’t necessarily serve the public desire for safety.

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