Smile For The Camera…

… and die in a fiery car crash.

You may not know this, but the Gub’ment loves you. They care about you like nobody’s bid’ness. Of course that care usually comes at a cost. There are bills to pay when it comes to the State’s daycare services.

A few days ago we looked at a Mississippi lawmakers attempt to punish restaurants for serving the under-tall. Today, let’s look at how our Big Brother handles the deadliest of traffic violations: Red Light Runners!

Here is the premise…

  1. Given the chance, people will flat out run a red light, hurtin’ all manner of folks.
  2. The police write tickets for such behavior.
  3. There are not enough policemen.
  4. Fix that problem by installing cameras at all the red lights.

#4 has a couple of benefits. First, people tend to stop running red lights when they see a sign, indicating the presence of cameras. This should mean fewer accidents; fewer boo-boos. Second, when a car does run a red light, the owner of that car gets a ticket EVERY TIME. More tickets = more money in the state’s coffers.

Safer Streets – Mo Money. It is a win-win. Or is it?

The University of South Florida College of Public Health published a study in the Florida Public Health Review:

The report was published this month in the Florida Public Health Review, the online journal of the college and the Florida Public Health Association.

“The rigorous studies clearly show red-light cameras don’t work,” said lead author Barbara Langland-Orban, professor and chair of health policy and management at the USF College of Public Health.

“Instead, they increase crashes and injuries as drivers attempt to abruptly stop at camera intersections. If used in Florida, cameras could potentially create even worse outcomes due to the state’s high percent of elderly who are more likely to be injured or killed when a crash occurs.”

The Gub’ment tries to help, they really do. The problem is their help is worse than their sloth in these matters. I think this may have something to do with sphere sovereignty. I will look into it.

UPDATE: Dallas Gub’ment shows its cards… Kevin H. gave us this link in the comments and I thought it important enough to elevate it to the big time.

Dallas City Hall has idled more than one-fourth of the 62 cameras that monitor busy intersections because many of them are failing to generate enough red-light-running fines to justify their operational costs, according to city documents.

al sends

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7 responses to “Smile For The Camera…

  1. 1. Fat people need a lil deep fried goodness once in awhile too.

    2. They will never take away the cameras unless the whole corrupt citation system goes first.

    Traffic laws were never about safety anyways. Speed limits are determined by traffic surveys and they take the top 15 percentile of speeders out of the average so there will always be enough speeders to cite.

    Statistics have shows that the number of citations one receives is inversely related to the number of car accidents one will be involved in. This is because timid, inexperienced drivers both drive slowly and badly, while more experienced drivers feel safer going a bit above what the signs suggest.

    Traffic citations have got to go. Strict restitution and vehicular assault/homicide laws would be enough to keep the streets safe. But again, safety was never the issue.

  2. Wow, great article Kevin…

    To all… This may bring up a bigger question of how we should fund our governments, but is it good that government use law breakers to fund programs for the law abiding? Does this not encourage government to create more law breakers when the coffers run dry?

    Is there a biblical case for voluntary support of government?

    al sends

  3. Yea… slamming on the brake at a less than green light never made much sense to me…coast on through baby. Those cameras are from ther inverse of heaven.

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