How do you feel about red-light cameras?

United States
November 29, 2006 11:04pm CST
My city is installing these cameras all over the place and at $50 a pop, the city and the radar company are making a killing. As I started researching the number of accidents, I found that many cities have reduced the time of their amber lights to insure that more people will be caught by these lights. Data also indicates that rear end collisions go up markedly after these lights are installed as people slam on brakes to prevent getting a ticket. Personally, I think it is a racket, but I would like to know what you think. If you feel it is unfair, or just want more information, check out this link. http://www65.safesecureweb.com/phantomplate/affiliatewiz/aw.aspx?A=1415&Task=Click
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@PatriciaL (2081)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Well I think the people that are complaining are the ones that don't follow the law or don't want to. Nothing personal. But it shouldn't be a big deal at all and people are coming up with all these "excuses" on why they shouldn't be there.
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• United States
30 Nov 06
I appreciate you comment, though I have found that many law abiding citizens and citizens that are concerned about safety endorse that all yellow lights have a time of at least 3.5 seconds, which is often not the case. Not condoning breaking the law, but also not condoning the law being designed to trap its citizenry for profit.
@PatriciaL (2081)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Well, you always just stop at yellow light hehe. You can be able to tell if you're going to make it or not. And if you don't think you can make it then you can just stop. :)
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@imnutz (288)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I agree with this response. I lived in a town that had them and they did cut down on accidents. The city did a good job of reviewing the camera and not issuing tickets unless it was blatant that the person ran the light.
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• United States
30 Nov 06
we have a few, not sure i like them.
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• United States
30 Nov 06
thanks for your response. I really don't like them when the person in front of me slams on their brakes.
• United States
30 Nov 06
if you don't break the law, they won't bother you
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• United States
30 Nov 06
Though I don't entirely agree, I appreciate your response. :)
• United States
30 Nov 06
we have them but i dont think they use them i see people running the red lights all the time but it dosnt stop so why have them if they dont prevent any thing i think it is a waist of our money.
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@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Red light runners are one of the biggest causes of accidents. I didn't read the article, but saw on CNN web site a headline, light runner kills mom of 11. I've never lived anywhere that had the cameras. I don't agree with them changing the timing on the lights. I guess I could see where that would be a problem also-people locking up the brakes, I'd probably do the same lol. Where I used to live they installed these white lights on the bottom of the green part of the light. When the light turns red, the extra light will light up, so the officer can see it at any angle and will know if someone ran the red light. That seemed to work pretty good.
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@firelight (1858)
• Australia
30 Nov 06
We have quite a few of them in this country. It basically comes down to the fact that if you don't break the law by going through a red light, then you don't get a ticket! You have to cross the line THREE SECONDS AFTER the light has turned red for the camera to be activated!
• United States
30 Nov 06
I appreciate your comment, and if there was a 3 second delay on cameras here, I perhaps would think a little differently, (probably not :), but that is not how the cameras work here; one of the reason it has been so controversial here. Very interesting to hear all of your thoughts, though.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
I am sorry to disagree with you. I was given a ticket because I was making a left hand turn. I was in the middle of the road and had no choice but to turn on red. I recieved a ticket and my husband had to go to court to fight this because the car is in his name not mine. This is also dumb. I was driving not him. This is just another way to get money money money. That is all anyone cares about. The facts are that most of these cameras cause minor feder benders when someone stops on yellow instead of going threw. Oh, wait the government doesn't print that because that contridicts what they want you to believe.
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@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think they're a bit over the top, but people should not be running the lights anyway.
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@chileman (968)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
It's just another revenue maker for the powers that be, it hardly stops any accidents buts pulls in plenty more $$$ for them.
• United States
30 Nov 06
I don't really know if I think it is unfair, because you are breaking the law if you run a red light and people running red lights DO kill people sometimes-- but I think it may just be a step in the wrong direction. Next they will have cameras for catching you speeding. Then it will move to cameras catching you smoking in non-smoking areas. You get what I'm saying? I think if we install cameras for every little thing the United States will end up like a police state. I'm not saying they will actually do that, or have plans to do that, but I'm saying it seems like a direction they could take eventually!
• United States
8 Feb 07
Actually, there are cities exploring the idea of putting up cameras to catch smoking.
@baysmummy (1638)
• Australia
30 Nov 06
I dunno where your from but we have red light camera's alot. I honestly dont see anything wrong with red light camera's, And honestly if you are going fast enough when you are approaching lights that if it was to change then you wouldnt be able to stop in time or you do stop but cause an accident then you were going way to fast! Accidents happen even if you dont have red light camera's installed! So what you saying is you think it is ok for people to run a red light and get away with it not only does it put others at risk of being seriously injured or worse killed by running a red light but it is just stupid and these people should be stopped i dont believe it is all just about making money!
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• United States
30 Nov 06
I appreciate you comment, though I have found that many law abiding citizens and citizens that are concerned about safety endorse that all yellow lights have a time of at least 3.5 seconds, which is often not the case. Not condoning breaking the law, but also not condoning the law being designed to trap its citizenry for profit.
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@peramar (88)
• India
1 Dec 06
not good
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@brckoba (795)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think this is a very smart thing to do. Finally when someone get into an accident because the guilty party went through a red light, it won't be his word against the other person's. There will be some evidence as to what happened. Good luck to all those people who like to break the laws!
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@maddog108 (3441)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
they ae an apsolute pain it dosnt stop the bad drivers it just slows down traffic and gives revenue to the goverment ive never been caught going through one im a good driver but i see other jamming on there brakes because they see a camera and other crash into them i see them put a speed camera at the bottom of a hill and catch hundreds of people then a stolen car goes through and he gets away very silly idea its only getting revenue
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@emarie (5451)
• United States
1 Dec 06
well, i've seen them, but those are supposed to be put in place to make drivers follow the rules. if you say a yellow light you can go through if at the speed you're going (taken its not past the speed limit) you would cause an accident or wouldn't be able to properly stop. i believe that they do work , but drivers are just stupid in general. here, i have seen so many dumb drivers and i thank god my husband had great driving skills or he would have gotten hit by one of these guys. if people would just read the manuel, follow the rules laws and learn how to drive, we wouldn't need things like this.
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@chance00 (3332)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think it is a good thing.My town really needs them because some intersections are getting too dangerous and people are driving too crazy
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@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
I think its a good idea, I have seen lots of drivers try to run red lights and there is no excuse for it.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
listen the only thing thats matters is that i love you and have a good day ok
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@not4me (1713)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think no one is above the law, therefor this is a good idea but I do agree that it would cause more accidents. After a while people would get used to the lights and calm down.
@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
1 Dec 06
We have these. I don't have a problem with them because if you are driving like you are supposed to then you wont have any problems.
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@golker (155)
• China
1 Dec 06
I don't like it ,I want to keep my freedom,red-light cameras will agains it.why not cut it?
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@CrazyP (947)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
in my town we have them everywear i agree with you 100% they arent helping at all and the worst part is if you let someone borrow you car you get fided thats bull i believe that are notting but trobble
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