… 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…
Given the chance, people will flat out run a red light, hurtin’ all manner of folks.
The police write tickets for such behavior.
There are not enough policemen.
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 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.