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Red light cameras go too far
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
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Editor:
Discussions continue about red light cameras and their purpose: money or safety.

A while back (a polite way of saying I don't remember the source) I read that most of the red light tickets are for right turns and the decline in accidents there is miniscule.

Example: You’re heading north on a north-south road, planning to turn right (east).

The east-west road has a westbound left turn lane and an arrow active at the moment, so there’s a steady stream of left turners So, as you approach, legally you’re supposed to come to a complete stop before turning. Most drivers slow down, but don’t stop, incurring a ticket. By the way, pedestrians aren’t the problem because they have a “don’t walk” light during that time so the heavy right turn ticketing is clearly a money grab.

My question: Do the camera operators get a commission for each ticket? A simple solution would be to change that system, rendering the supplier neutral on the subject. In fact, the supplier may prefer a more friendly atmosphere with the public and show more flexibility in ticketing.

Les Milewski
Seminole
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
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