Time to get on the phone to your State Senator and Indiana Representative in Indianapolis.
Just when states are banning these devices after they have proven to drive up accidents, courts find them unconstitutional, and case after case of fraud are uncovered buy the companies who run these devices, Indiana is moving against the tide of reason.
“It’s a safety factor,” said Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte. – Can someone please call this idiot and let him know that these cameras have shown in study after study to increase traffic accidents.
In many cases, the yellow light timing has been manipulated into tricking the motorist into “running a red light”. This resulted in more revenue and increased traffic accidents.
Virginia Dept of Transportation:
Look at the actual VDOT data. Overall in Virginia, T-bone or side-impact accidents increased 20%. Rear-enders went up 42%. Injury accidents increased 18%. Total accidents went up 29%.
As a registered Republican, these types of Republican-sponsored measures make me cringe. The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate passed a bill 28-22 yesterday that would allow cities and towns to install cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights.
A 2008 University of South Florida report found:“Comprehensive studies conclude cameras actually increase crashes and injuries, providing a safety argument not to install them…. public policy should avoid conflicts of interest that enhance revenues for government and private interests at the risk of public safety.”
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A 2007 Virginia Department of Transportation study found:“The cameras were associated with an increase in total crashes… The aggregate EB results suggested that this increase was 29%… The cameras were associated with an increase in the frequency of injury crashes… The aggregate EB results suggested an 18% increase, although the point estimates for individual jurisdictions were substantially higher (59%, 79%, or 89% increases) or lower (6% increase or a 5% decrease).”
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A 2006 Winnipeg, Canada city audit found:“The graph shows an increase of 58% in the number of traffic collisions from 2003 to 2004…. Contrary to long-term expectations, the chart shows an increase in claims at each level of damage with the largest percentage increase appearing at the highest dollar value.”
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A 2005 Virginia DOT study found:“The cameras are correlated with an increase in total crashes of 8% to 17%.”
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In 2005, The Washington Post found:“The analysis shows that the number of crashes at locations with cameras more than doubled, from 365 collisions in 1998 to 755 last year. Injury and fatal crashes climbed 81 percent, from 144 such wrecks to 262. Broadside crashes, also known as right-angle or T-bone collisions, rose 30 percent, from 81 to 106 during that time frame.”
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A 2004 North Carolina A&T University study found:“Our findings are more pessimistic, finding no change in angle accidents and large increases in rear-end crashes and many other types of crashes relative to other intersections.”
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A 2003 Ontario Ministry of Transportation study found: “Compared to the average number of reported collisions occurring in the before period, the average yearly number of reported collisions increased 15.1 per cent in the after period.”
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A 1995 Australian Road Research Board study found: “The results of this study suggest that the installation of the RLC at these sites did not provide any reduction in accidents, rather there has been increases in rear end and adjacent approaches accidents on a before and after basis and also by comparison with the changes in accidents at intersection signals.”
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Related Reports and Studies
The importance of the yellow warning signal time in reducing the instances of red light running is found in the following reports:
A 2004 Texas Transportation Institute study found: “An increase in yellow duration of 1.0 seconds is associated with a [crash frequency] of about 0.6, which corresponds to a 40 percent reduction in crashes.”
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A 2001 report by the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives found:“The changes in the yellow signal timing regulations have resulted in the inadequate yellow times. And these inadequate yellow times are the likely cause of almost 80 percent of red light entries.”
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And there is MORE where that came from Via Camerafraud.com:
In a photo obtained by CameraFRAUD.com, activists left the words “honest mistake,” possibly a reference to an incident earlier this year when Redflex CEO Karen Finley claimed that their usage of unapproved and non-FCC certified equipment was an “honest oversight.”
Redflex is no stranger to the convenience of Post It notes as detailed in the article “Arizona Official Confirms Redflex Falsified Speed Camera Documents”
Over one thousand of American Traffic Solution’s photo fraud tickets will be dismissed in Tucson after it was revealed that the process server lied about their delivery.
If paid, the notices would have an estimated value of over $183,000.
Minnesota: $2.6 Million in Red Light Camera Tickets Refunded
Refunds proceed for illegally issued red light camera tickets in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Maricopa Cty JP: Photo-enforcement is unconstitutional
Speed Cameras Recording Everyone 24/7
Surprised state lawmakers learned Thursday that the photo enforcement cameras they authorized last year to catch speeders are actually taking – and keeping – videos of everyone who passes.
The information came out as a House panel debated legislation to outlaw the operation of fixed and mobile cameras on state roads. Backers of the legislation complained that the cameras are really designed to generate revenue and not to improve public safety.
High schoolers find ways to generate false photo tickets
Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera “Pimping” game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools.
Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that “mimic” those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later.
Resistance to automated ticketing is spreading nationwide. The Mississippi State Legislature has decisively voted 117 to 3 to ban photo enforcement in the state.
Yes folks, yet another state seems to be passing Arizona on the road to restoring its civil liberties. Montana may soon ban photo enforcement.
.Members of the “Liberty Restoration Project” recently held a demonstration opposed to the use of automated ticketing machines in Kansas City, MO. They are supporting state Senate Bill 211 which would ban the practice outright.
In Maryland, members of CameraFRAUD DC held a small rally which drew the attention of NBC Washington. “Do you really think that these people came out today because they want to be able to drive too fast?” said one forum participant on the NBC Washington website.
“They came out because they did a little investigating and found out what a racket this is...”
In Arizona, CameraFRAUD plans to hold a rally on Friday afternoon in the Phoenix-suburb of Chandler. Past demonstrations in Arizona have drawn hundreds of participants and captured the attention of local media.