Safety for profit: traffic light cameras questioned. (Citings).
MANY SPY-CAM critics have charged that traffic light cameras are geared toward ticket revenue more than safety. Now the leader of Washington, D.C., has admitted as much.
"The cameras are about safety and revenue," Mayor Anthony Williams Anthony Williams or Tony Williams is the name of several well-known persons named :
The mayor's comments, as well as a particularly sneaky camera, have prompted the mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Automobile Association American Automobile Association (AAA), federation of American automobile clubs, est. 1902. AAA provides a number of benefits to its members, including emergency road service; national and international travel assistance, e.g. to withdraw support for the city's traffic cameras. "We are against using law enforcement for revenue making," says AAA AAA: see American Automobile Association.
(Triple A) A common single-cell battery used in a myriad of electronic devices of all variety. Like its double A (AA) cousin, it provides 1.5 volts of DC power. When used in series, the voltage is multiplied. spokesman Lon Anderson, "and we caught the city red-handed."
Anderson is referring to a camera placed at a flashing yellow light at a parking lot exit from Union Station, D.C.'s train depot. The light turns immediately from flashing yellow to red, and the camera there earned the city $1.5 million by catching 20,000 drivers. Anderson also has anecdotal evidence anecdotal evidence,
n information obtained from personal accounts, examples, and observations. Usually not considered scientifically valid but may indicate areas for further investigation and research. suggesting fender-benders at that light increased after the camera was installed.
After Anderson held a curbside press conference to denounce the Union Station camera, it was removed. But none of the $75 fines was refunded.
"We call that 21st century highway robbery highway robbery
1. Robbery usually of travelers on or near a public road.
2. Informal The exaction of an exorbitantly high price or fee.
highway robber n. ," he says. "Jurisdictions that put these in have to do more than pay lip service lip service
Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect: to traffic safety."