From LA “It’s Official: Red Light Cameras Don’t Work”

From an article that originally appeared in The Huffington Post, red light cameras are being exposed in LA for the scam that they are. Steve Parker, a regular columnist for that online publication has seen the numbers and they just don’t add up.

Not surprisingly, accidents are not going down. Somewhat surprising is that the city is losing money on the program.

This scandal came to light several months ago, when that LAPD report showing no improvement in accident rates at many of the intersections was released to the public. Several local news reporters, print and electronic, went over the internal audit and found it appeared that not only were accident rates not declining at these intersections, but both the city and the public seemed to be paying for a service which was providing no benefit for them.

How can a city in a budget crunch as bad as LA run a program that is costing them money and time with no benefit to the public? It seems that the scamera vendors are really making out like the bandits they are.

6 Responses to From LA “It’s Official: Red Light Cameras Don’t Work”

  1. Mickey says:

    As usual, you miss the point. Corrupt city officials who care about re-election more than the people chose the intersections. Instead of thinking about safety, they focused on visibility and chose intersections that didn’t really need the help instead of high danger places. This is what happens when safety takes a back seat to politics and pencil-pushers and scofflaws like you.

    • photoradarscam says:

      No, this is what happens when city council and police try to be traffic engineers and try to solve a problem without a scientific approach.

      Intersection safety problems have nothing to do with people trying to beat the light and running a red by 0.2 seconds, or making a rolling right turn. Do you think these people only drive the the “worst” intersections in a city?

      It is not about politics or anything else, it is about money. And just because the city isn’t making money, doesn’t mean the politicians aren’t.

    • B says:

      What does that have to do with the cameras causing more accidents than they prevent?


      It doesn’t matter if they “think about safety” or where you place them when they cause more accidents than they prevent no matter where you put them.

      BTW – just saying the word “safety” in your argument doesn’t mean that the cameras actually make you safer. That’s the biggest flaw in your argument.

  2. Justice says:

    I don’t believe that the city is losing money. I think the information is deceitfully released so that they could give the impression that their program is not about money. But unfortunately for them the true intent of their program can be seen in their actions; Non-hazardous intersections with 70% of the citations issued for right turn movements. Has any city ever produced any data that shows right turn violations are a significant hazard? I would not be surprised if LA was one of the cities who have lowered the yellow light timing to increase profits.

    • 4409 says:

      I agree justice. How on earth could they not make money…lol

      The predator corporations create a piece of paper (which has value through the [force] of government) out of this air so the product has no cost. I guess you would have to factor in the cost of paper and ink.

      The actual costs come in when they have to dole out the stolen money so everyone getting their cut.

      They may be correct…after everyone gets their hush money there may not be much left….but to claim they do not make money is laughable.

      Typical government outcome….you can hand them buckets full of cash and they still find a way to squander it.

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