July 9, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Safety or Revenue?
Letter to the Editor: Safety or Revenue?
If we find and punish enough red light runners and if the punishments are harsh enough, we will have safer intersections. That is the theory behind Red Light Cameras. After over 12 years, we know that violations are not decreasing in Fremont. In fact they are increasing as they have for years. And are accidents fewer because of cameras? There is no evidence of that... none.
The only time violations have been significantly reduced in Fremont is when the yellow light was lengthened by a fraction of a second. Violations were cut in half immediately. But, that was only at one intersection. Why isn't that done elsewhere? Fewer violations mean safer intersections, but this whole business is not really about safety, is it?
Fremont pays Redflex $600,000 per year. Fremont needs the revenue from thousands of paid tickets just to pay Redflex. Don't call this a safety program. The goal of the program is not safety, but to raise enough money through fines to pay Redflex. Is this insane or what?