Yahoo…it may happen and it won’t be a minute too soon in my book. A commission has looked at the red light cameras as decided they cost more than they get in revenue and too many drivers are getting nailed with tickets even while making a legal right on red turn. According to the report they could go away as early as this weekend if the city council approves…call your councilman and give them the nudge. OF course we still have to hear from the camera owners who reap in the bulk of the money from these cameras who probably won’t be too happy to see them go away. It will be interesting to see what they do to
coerce convince the council to keep them in operation.
Hat tip to KTLA for greeting me with this wonderful news when I turned on the tube for news this morning. Their news bit HERE.
So you know that boycott of Arizona that the City Council pushed through to express the outrage over the Arizona’s new immigration law? A lot of people have suggested it’s just a meaningless move, like banning nail clippers on airplanes, that doesn’t really change anything but lets a lot of people pat themselves on the back for doing the right thing. But it seems as quick as they were to pass it, they are just as happy to write in exceptions to it. Like the redlight cameras all over the city, turns out those are operated by Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions, Scottsdale being firmly a part of Arizona. And you know, since those are a big source of revenue for the city and prevent accidents at red lights, in the interest of the people, the City Council has gone ahead and excepted them from the boycott. Except they don’t do either of those things. They aren’t making the city any money and if anything they are causing more accidents. And what is worse, the City Council knows this.
The LAPD’s statistics show that about half of the 32 photo-enforced intersections have either had no change in accidents or an increase, said Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
“That’s not a very good record,” she said. And some of the city’s worst intersections for traffic safety don’t have cameras, she said.
She and Councilman Paul Koretz also pointed to a report from the city’s top budget advisor that says Los Angeles’ revenue from tickets falls about $300,000 short of covering payments to ATS and the LAPD’s costs to run the program.
Doing a heck of a job there City Council. Heck of a job.
Wait, WTF are you doing again exactly??
[part of the above photo taken by flickr user jkarsh and used under creative commons]