I can no longer hold my tongue regarding the issue of red-light cameras.
I don’t care if you are for or against them, I just can’t stand it when everybody frames the matter incorrectly.
The infraction everyone is really talking about is not running a red light, it is actually the crime of failure to clear an intersection. Running a red light truly refers to when someone enters the intersection after the light for them has turned red. This is the type of situation that can potentially cause serious “T-bone” accidents, which specifically do not occur when someone simply fails to get their vehicle out of the intersection before the light changes.
I think the legislative push to regulate red-light cameras is right on. The timing of yellow lights should be legally established and uniform throughout the state. Otherwise, municipalities will learn that if you just fiddle with the timing every few months that you can probably double the income generated.
Also, the camera should only go off after the opposing lane’s light turns green, and not when the light in the lane the car is in turns red – which has about a half-second differential.
Finally, add the numbers to the walk sign that tell you the seconds left before yellow so people can understand their chances.
And if you are worried about cities just milking a cash cow, pass a law that turns any profit – money beyond expenses – from the cameras over to the state for use in education.