Tuesday, May 25, 2010

When will we get the stats on Johnson City Red Light Cameras?

It appears that West Palm Beach is already seeing early results from its red light cameras. In 70 days, rear-end collisions more than doubled.

A few years ago, I had the misfortune of having to attend one of Johnson City's traffic schools. You know - the ones where you go to in order to avoid having to fight or plead guilty to a speeding ticket. In that school, the representative of the JCPD talked about how high Johnson City's accident rate was and he pointed out that most of the accidents were rear-end collisions. He said we did not have a lot of accidents involving deaths or serious injuries but we definitely "had a problem" with rear-end collisions. Of course, it was not too long after that the government started traveling down the road to serfdom road to red light cameras. If rear-end collisions were a problem in Johnson City, why on earth would they install red light cameras?

I'll spell the answer for you very slowly, in case a mentally challenged government official is reading this blog ..... R-E-V-E-N-U-E.

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