The Smoking Gun.
I always suspected that redlight cameras did nothing to increase
traffic safety. Even the most optimistic stats showed single
digit deceases in accidents often coupled by double digit
increases in rear-end collisions. Why? Just because you decide to stop on
yellow does not mean the Hummer behind you will. As a result, rear-end collisions
have increased at intersections where redlight cameras are installed.
is evidence that ALL TYPES OF ACCIDENTS may increase when cameras are
installed. In Stockton, California, accidents have increased by 8% at
the majority of intersections with redlight cameras. Over 15,000 citizens
were cited at $338 each. This means that the city collected over $5,000,000
in fines to make its streets more dangerous. The city's response to the
obvious failure of their camera program : they are installing two more cameras.
I hope the local trauma centers are well-funded and can handle the increased
If Stockton and other cities want to increase traffic safety they should
focus on traffic safety, not windfall profits. Traffic engineering is not
sexy or profitable, but traffic engineers can design safer intersections
with proper funding, support and awareness by local governments. We should
turn to our traffic engineers to improve the safety of intersections, not
spooky defense contractors using the courts to violate our privacy and erode
what few civil liberties remain.
The "Technology Statement" Explained. The
Ticket Assassin deconstructs the "Statement of Technology" issued
with your Automated Enforcement ticket, pointing out the distortions,
false assumptions, and outright lies promulgated by the police,
the City of San Diego and Lockheed Martin in this "disinformation
A Better Mousetrap. By Cody Goodfellow.
This article appeared in the November The Weekly, San Diego.
Smile and Say 'Fees'. By Jenifer Hanrahan.
This article appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune.