Houston Accidents Down Since Red Light Cameras Shut Off; Longer Yellows Give Missouri Cities 70% Decrease in Violations


NEWS FLASH: Red Light Cameras Don't Work!

Do you remember when you wondered why math was important in school? As it turns out, without the most basic math skills, you might end up working for companies like Redflex or American Traffic Solutions.

Earlier this week, we saw how terrible Redflex is at calculating the worth of their company, but what about American Traffic Solutions?

News from Texas and Missouri this week proves that they may be greatly hindered in basic calculations.

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35 Responses to Houston Accidents Down Since Red Light Cameras Shut Off; Longer Yellows Give Missouri Cities 70% Decrease in Violations

  1. Sh carlsen says:

    Bet redflex wishes it could return to the good old days when this was the most of their worries:

    • Saw a recent pic of one of their Ford Escape scammer vans in PHX. They have debranded from Phoenix Police to City of Phoenix. It looks more like one of the free rides they give to regular city employees.

      • Sh carlsen says:

        I dont think phx scamera vans were ever badged pd in phoenix.

        When ats had the contract the old white astro vans were used and when rts won the contract the escapes got the c of phx treatment… Prob cuz the phx pd format graphics are HUGE and wont fit on anything other than a suburban… Or tank…

  2. [...] Houston Accidents Down Since Red Light Cameras Shut Off; Longer … The Houston Chronicle is reporting that since red light cameras were voted down and shut off in what is the 4th largest city in the US, accidents have decreased 16%. But weren't we lead to believe that once the cameras go off, [...]

  3. L. Davis says:

    Gotta love Texas: last week the “porno-scanner bill”, proposed legislation in the State of Texas that outlaws the invasive TSA scanners and makes TSA agents legally responsible for sexual assault made its way out of the Texas House Transportation Committee with a unanimous recommendation for passage.

    More details at:

    http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/05/texas-tsa-nullification-update/

    (Go Texas)

  4. This is the day your intersections became safer, Houston.

  5. Sure says:

    House GOP moves to end money for new body scanners
    By ANDREW TAYLOR , 05.12.11, 10:37 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans controlling the Transportation Security Administration’s purse strings are moving to cut off funding for those advanced airport scanners that have sparked outrage over their revealing images of travelers’ bodies.

    Draft legislation released Thursday by the Appropriations homeland security subcommittee denies the Obama administration’s $76 million request for an additional 275 of the scanners, which many travelers dislike because TSA employees can view full body images of travelers.

    The GOP move wouldn’t affect the 500 or so machines already in place at 78 of the nation’s airports or the 500 just funded in a recent spending bill.

    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/05/12/general-us-airport-scanners_8464689.html

  6. Sure says:

    - The Texas House passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.

    Approved late Thursday night, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.

    It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”

    The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”

    He believes it will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travelers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/05/13/texas-house-bans-offensive-security-pat-downs/

  7. B says:

    Anyone who hasn’t actually read the article linked above needs to read it. It has an interesting laundry list of various arguments for and against the cameras.

    It’s interesting to hear and see the logic of the pro-camera crowd in action, and how those without critical thinking skills and experience studying the issue can succumb to their arguments. Those arguments inevitably leave out key bits of information and are never balanced because it’s not about safety and open dialogue – it’s about $$$$$$$ and keeping the money and their salaries/kickbacks coming.

  8. Sure says:

    California Court Denies Public Trial for Camera Tickets
    Corona, California courthouse closes the door to the public and media interested in attending trials.

    Members of the public are not allowed to attend red light camera trials and other proceedings at the Superior Court of California courthouse in the city of Corona. For the past several weeks a policy has been place denying entry to anyone without a direct involvement in a specific case scheduled that day. Court security verifies this information before allowing entrance into the building.

    “Please be advised that this court facility is closed to the general public,” a sign posted at the door states. “The facility conducts criminal trials Monday through Friday and only jurors, witnesses and associated trial personnel are permitted to enter. On Fridays, the facility is also open for litigants reporting for court trial on traffic or minor offense matters.”

    Attorney R. Allen Baylis was stopped earlier this week on his way in to a red light camera case. He believes the court had no legal right to deny admittance to the general public.

    “It just blows my mind that anyone would even think about doing that,” Baylis told TheNewspaper. “They should know better.”

    The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution states that the accused shall enjoy the right to a “speedy and public” trial. The 1980 US Supreme Court case of Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia confirmed the right of the public to attend trials is fundamental to the legal system. It found the First Amendment would be meaningless if members of the press were prevented from reporting on cases before the judicial branch.

    “Criminal trials both here and in England had long been presumptively open,” then-Chief Justice Warren E. Burger wrote for the court. “This is no quirk of history; rather, it has long been recognized as an indispensable attribute of an Anglo-American trial. Both Hale in the 17th century and Blackstone in the 18th saw the importance of openness to the proper functioning of a trial; it gave assurance that the proceedings were conducted fairly to all concerned, and it discouraged perjury, the misconduct of participants, and decisions based on secret bias or partiality.”

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3479.asp#source

  9. Sure says:

    From the TSA

    What’s our take on the Texas House of Representatives voting to ban the current TSA pat-down? Well, the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2) prevents states from regulating the federal government.

    http://blog.tsa.gov/2011/05/texas-house-of-representatives-seeking.html

    Of course, Obama could stop the sexual assaults and x-rays.

  10. Sure says:

    Senators love them some DHS and power:

    “The Senate and the White House are on the same track to make sure our cyber networks are protected against an attack that could throw the nation into chaos. We both recognize that the government and the private sector must work together to secure our nation’s most critical infrastructure, for example, our energy, water, financial, telecommunications, and transportation systems.

    We both call for risk-based assessments of the systems and assets that run that infrastructure. We both designate the Department of Homeland Security to lead this effort, with the assistance of other federal agencies. And we both encourage the government and the private sector to use and refine best practices honed over years of experience.

    http://politicalnews.me/?id=7468

  11. Hmmmmm says:

    Where is the coverage of the Tempe RICO case being dismissed and called “frivolous” by the judge.

    Wasn’t it called “rock solid”y most on this site and anyone who did not agree “obviously” did not know a thing about the law?

    LOL

  12. Chicago becomes the country’s most surveilled city.

  13. Sure says:

    SB 1354 sponsored by the police unions

  14. A third of cameras in Lincolnshire out of order because of vandalism:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-13409566

  15. Robocop Photo Radar Speed Enforcement Fails in AZ – 1st Hand Experience!

    http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/forum/topics/robocop-photo-radar-speed

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