Redflex Lobbyist Mike Williams testifies before the House Appropriations Committee about how freeway cameras save lives, see pictures here. Using comments like “any statistician will tell you..,” he assures the Committee that banning the cameras outright isn’t the “right thing to do.” He touted numbers like “nine lives were saved” according to the “DPS study.”
It became clear that Mr. Williams was parroting the numbers handed to him by DPS as he kept asking them to intervene and clarify. But he was all alone when Rep. Biggs reminded him that DPS had backed off on referring to their data as a study. Rep. Biggs went on to grill Mr. Edwards about what his baseline was for comparison for the nine lives that were saved by the cameras. Mr. Edwards began many of his statements with “my understanding is…” and he would say the baseline was from the previous year, then he would change his mind and decide his understanding was the baseline was from the first three months that statewide photo enforcement began. It was a long way from “any statistician will tell you…”
I know, it’s a little hard to follow, but I think the above paragraph accurately portrays Mr. Williams’ confusion. You can see it here, fast forward to about 1:44:00, then enjoy the show.
Earlier, the issue of recording streaming video came up, same link as above, at 1:36:20. Rep. Heinz spoke and said he didn’t see what all the concern was about, and assured the Committee that there wasn’t a Big Brother conspiracy to photograph us picking our noses in our cars. Rep. Biggs pointed out that much of the concern about video stemmed from a previous hearing when a female representative from Redflex (Molly Edwards) was asked if the cameras record streaming video, and she said “No.” At the same meeting , the Redflex lobbyist (Mike Williams) was asked the same question, and he said he “Wasn’t sure.” Finally, DPS (Commander Woodward) was asked if the cameras record streaming video, to which he said yes.