Thinking through it
Red light cameras, those infernal devices used to monitor the driving public at traffic intersections, have nothing to do with safety. It’s an insult to the intelligence of clear thinking people that it’s portrayed in any sense other than an extortion device.
The 2008 study found:
“Rather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes and are a ticket to higher auto insurance premiums, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. The effective remedy to red-light running uses engineering solutions to improve intersection safety, which is particularly important to Florida’s elderly drivers, the researchers recommend.
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.”
Local and state governments know this. They know that people are more inclined to keep from getting a ticket and paying a fine than to be safe at an intersection. People generally have self preservation as a primary motive. This is true whether it’s to protect their own lives or to avoid paying a fine. If they can do both they will. The problem arises when it’s an issue of a machine, a red light camera, which neither knows nor cares about human motives like self preservation. What the facts above show is these red light cameras are causing people to risk their own safety to avoid a fine, the opposite of what is ostensibly the purpose of the cameras.
Self preservation is a powerful motive, but under the watchful eye of government it can become distorted. See how government works to protect and serve the people?