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Lights, cameras, reaction: Resistance builds against red-light cameras

NBC News -- A rarity 15 years ago, red light cameras have become ubiquitous in many U.S. cities. Communities in 24 states and Washington, D.C., now use the cameras. Supporters say it’s worked. Cameras now monitor speed, bus and HOV lanes and intersections with stop signs.

But critics of red light programs worry about the Big Brother aspect. Many also say cameras, which are generally run by private companies, have spread not because they make streets safer, but because they mean profit.

Recent news stories have fueled opposition. In Chicago, the mayor banned one company from bidding for future contracts. In Iowa, doubts about the constitutionality led to a bill to ban cameras – a move already taken by at least 9 other states.

FHA says that cameras shouldn’t be a knee-jerk traffic enforcement


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 9:28:28 PM


Your right...it is all about the money!
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:26:06 AM

Profit is the correct answer.
yardslave
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:54:45 AM

Ok...
millerin
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:30:06 AM

cameras help
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:32:47 AM

There are too many things wrong with these camera programs. Get rid of them!
JuicyQ69
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:40:54 PM

?Otra vez?
Fitwit
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:50:32 PM

Lights, cameras, reaction: Brilliant article title.
wshokie12
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:24:34 PM

Really?
crreed1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:24:04 PM

too many pockets to fill
DisMusBeDaPlaz
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:21:07 PM

All I can say to this is to check your state's statutes (laws & legalities) for your defense, when charged with a violation.
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:20:50 PM

They might save crashes or fatalities, but too many issues and corruption
Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:15:57 PM

The disturbing Orwellian prognostications of 1984 are coming to fruition and it's likely to get worse long before it gets better and nothing is likely to improve in this arena for the next 47.33 months...
SaturnSC
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:15:19 PM

no kidding
Rageagainsttm
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:15:17 PM

I'm not for them.
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:13:58 PM

It is all about the money.
gasmack
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:13:41 PM

Integrity is key to all problems with these systems and their operators.
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:13:23 PM

Big Brother ....
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:11:18 PM

I wonder what FHA has to do with local traffic enforcement, other than generating revenue.
CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:11:12 PM

One more time... Beware of shortened yellow lights! Sssnnnaaaag!
gasmack
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:11:12 PM

Integrity is key to all problems with these systems and their operaators.
silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:10:39 PM

I wonder where it all will end up.
Zonk
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:10:10 PM

I am not in favor of 'red light' cameras.
Tigercat88
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:10:06 PM

Red light cameras are just a Government Scam.
Bill100
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:09:12 PM

I have noticed only a few around town here. But there are likely more I simply have not noticed. But I never hear any talk about them, aside from through GasBuddy.
ClassicWheeler
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:08:06 PM

Responsible driving has gone by the waist side and something has to be done. I don't like the cameras either, but I am worried that drivers are not able to follow the law. I think it is actually a problem with the fact that there are too many lights out there and we seem to be stopping at every light. I get that it seems.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:06:25 PM

Profit is always in the equation.
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:05:08 PM

Definitely...not good if they are just another revenue stream for the politicians!
mlmeng
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:05:08 PM

Profit first and foremost. Any safety is an added benefit.
Vitobug
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:04:47 PM

Have these cameras made our streets safer?
yyc2yow
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:02:34 PM

go for it
arb0526
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:02:30 PM

along the lines of speed cameras
rxman1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:01:10 PM

Have you ever had a person stop on a green light at one of these intersections? I have several times. Safety NO! Cash yes...for the camera people.
bra0712
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:57:39 PM

Good get rid of them!!
bonzoonfmb
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:57:12 PM

All traffic cams should be eliminated.
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:56:47 PM

@libertyut doesn't want any cameras. He doesn't want anyone looking at him, the poor paranoid soul. I can hear him screaming, "STOP LOOKING AT ME!"
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:55:14 PM

Don't like them.
mdskier
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:55:09 PM

They grow like weeds in Maryland.
1000's of them now.

Md "The Free State" where we're all treated like criminals.

[Edited by: mdskier at 2/19/2013 11:57:03 PM EST]
CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:52:41 PM

Beware of shortened yellow lights! Sssnnnaaaag!
ConsumerGuy
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:52:11 PM

It's all about the money. Politicians get to reap money without raising taxes. They should have more courage.

In Baltimore recently, a local reporter received a ticket for going 65MPH in a 30MPH zone, while sitting still at a traffic light. There are 6 cameras on just one street. You could receive 6 tickets in 5 minutes. They generate $30M a year. That's ridiculous.
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:52:09 PM

You would think with cameras that the cost would be less with less people on the road writing tickets and doing other things. But alas outsourcing seems to cost MORE money and they take in less.
libertyut
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:52:08 PM

get rid of all camera's
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:51:42 PM

It would make me nervous going under one of them.
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:50:20 PM

Always best with a live person!
dastard57
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:48:45 PM

Law enforcement should be done by law enforcement officers not cameras.
pastorpaulcg
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:48:32 PM

I think it has been building
jackster111
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:48:09 PM

okay
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:44:34 PM

@AKmailman said, "Alaska is one of those nine states"

For what? To photograph the moose crossing the road?
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:43:32 PM

You shouldn't be following so closely, @milespergallon. It's one car length separation for every 10mph of your speed.

Defensive driving 101.
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:42:16 PM

So, @imadriver. If I get creamed by an idiot on the road, I guess it's my fault for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Tucker16
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:42:09 PM

I hate 'em.
milespergallon
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:40:35 PM

Statistics show that these cameras are CAUSING more accidents because drivers are hitting the brake approaching traffic lights, drivers are slamming on the brakes when the light turns yellow and drivers are changing lanes to quickly to avoid these said idiots
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