Photo Enforced-Red Light Camera Controversy Essay

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Red Light Cameras, Is their Only Purpose For Revenue? by Maria Protine

CM223-06AU Instructor Ream February 15, 2010 The debate over whether red light cameras are effective or not can cause a great divide among any group of people. Proponents of the cameras say that they are effective in reducing accidents and those against them are adamant that they are only in place to increase revenues for local law enforcement. This paper will bring forth facts that indicate that red light cameras are in place to make communities money and not for reducing
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Skrum also brought forth startling information that Lockheed Martin, one of the biggest manufacturer of red light cameras, has included clauses in their contracts that prohibits city engineers from applying engineering practices to improve compliance. (Skrum E. , 2001) To red light camera opponents, this is certainly viewed as an attempt to keep camera revenue coming in. There are alternatives to red light cameras, however communities are hesitant to use these alternatives because it will reduce revenue. Among the alternatives are lengthening yellow lights; The Virginia Department of Transportation noted a significant decrease in violations when the yellow light at the intersection of US50 and Fair Ridge Drive was increased by 1.5 seconds. The intersection of US 50 and Fair Ridge Drive was averaging 250 validated citations per month for the two months before the yellow lights were lengthened. For the next 18 months, the average number of citations was 15 per month, a decrease of 94 percent. The camera was then taken offline for eight months. (Skrum, 2001) An all-red clearance interval light is another alternative to cameras; this is a brief period when intersection lights change to all-red in each direction; the city of Detroit found this alternative to be effective. In the first

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