IMO, this has nothing to do with safety, it's just another way to raise tax revenue.
Austin just did away with the red light camers, they caused rear end accidents because drivers were so worried about the cameras and would slam on the brakes and get rear ended. Someone sued
Too bad that lawsuits are the only way to stop this revenue-collecting, whatever works to stop this automated nonsense is ok by me.
They take a small number of high profile cases and convince the average person the problem is very wide spread. The result is that normal people will think that major overhaul is required and personal / civil rights must be sacraficed.
This plan worked really well for the current administration's need to get the "terrorist act" passed. Funny that the FBI and CIA had a list of civil rights that needed to be suspended the day after 9-11. Wonder why no one worried why middle eastern men were taking air plane take off lessons on expired student visas? That law there (if enforced) would have been enough.
The above post about "no recourse" is exactly the problem, no recourse and no chance to explain the situation. Perhaps the speed limit sign had REALLY blown over? Perhaps a semi was parked blocking your view of the temporary 45MPH sign. You can demonstrate that to a human officer but with photo radar you are dead. Period. Perhaps you decided to enter the intersection 3 milli seconds too late because the Sanford & Son, overloaded truck on your bumper appeared like it might rear end you (this happened to me) No human interface to determine on the spot if a ticket is warranted or not. Perhaps someone ran a red light because they were DUI? A human officer could arrest such a person rather than just getting a ticket in the mail.
Dont let the do-good politicians fool you, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY With photoradar it's FREE money for the sates. No payroll to have a uniform ticket you and no court costs because "a picture doesnt lie" hahaha
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