Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Who is the Traffic Safety Coalition?

It is a non-profit group that wants to save Riverside's traffic enforcement program.  "Spokesman David Goldenberg said its mission is to focus on measures that improve road safety, with a specific focus on traffic cameras.  He also acknowledged the group’s largest source of funding is Redflex Traffic Systems, the company that runs Riverside’s camera program." (emphasis added)

Oh yeah, there's that.  Why do the politicans even give these people an audience?

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What he said!

Red light cameras are all about the money.  The politicans have forgotten that they work for the people and not the other way around.  Money quote:

Where are the studies and data that show the cameras increase safety? And better yet, where is the list of alternatives and the studies on those? Why weren’t these things presented to me? Don’t tell me I should have investigated these myself, that’s what I pay you for. Would you go to your boss at your private-sector job with a new idea and nothing to back it up?

OK, I have some alternatives; replace the yellow light with a strobe light to blind people, pop up spikes, swing down gates. Ridiculous? No, I have the studies to prove these will reduce accident. I’ll show them to you at some later date.

I haven’t even heard from you just exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. Who runs red lights? Lunatics and people who didn’t see the light. Cameras aren’t going to prevent that.

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