WarOnDriving.com: Michael “Big Brother” Bloomberg Blasted in Media, Online


When you declare war on motorists’ rights in your city, you’d better be ready to reap the whirlwind. Michael Bloomberg’s ridiculous statements about wanting “a camera on every street corner” are not earning him any praise in the news media.

When you declare war on motorists’ rights in your city, you’d better be ready to reap the whirlwind. Michael Bloomberg’s ridiculous statements about wanting “a camera on every street corner” are not earning him any praise in the news media.

If he continues to push this agenda, don’t be surprised to see the New York based parent company of his city’s red light camera provider, Xerox, face a major boycott of their products and services.

Last year, Xerox acquired Affiliated Computer Services, or ACS, for $6.4 Billion. ACS is the sole provider of red light cameras in New York City.

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One Response to WarOnDriving.com: Michael “Big Brother” Bloomberg Blasted in Media, Online

  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    October 18, 2011

    Contact: Randy Elmore, Transportation Safety Coalition: 360-303-1876

    Bellingham red-light camera likely to increase collisions on SR 539

    Engineers find collision data does not support installation of camera

    BELLINGHAM – A collision research report released today shows that the red-light camera proposed for the northbound State Route 539 and Telegraph Road intersection will not significantly reduce collisions, and that it would potentially increase collisions and injuries on the Guide Meridian.

    The report, prepared by Gibson Traffic Consultants Inc. of Everett, concludes, “the collision data does not support the introduction of red-light cameras”. Specifically, the study determined that photo enforcement has the potential to reduce right angle red-light running collisions by less than one per year, while increasing rear end collisions by an average of nearly five per year for this particular intersection.

    “We are not surprised by the results, and have serious concerns with the safety risks moving forward with this project,” said Randy Elmore, Bellingham resident and Transportation Safety Coalition spokesperson. “We believe the results at the Guide are consistent with what we would see throughout the city, had we the funds to look at the rest of the intersections and the school zones.”

    Gibson produced the report using collision data provided through public disclosure by both the City of Bellingham and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Their review of the data showed that in the most recent five years for which data was available, only one collision was caused by red light running and that none of the right-angle or stop light collisions resulted in any injuries.

    The report also quotes a 2010 Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal article which states that red-light cameras are normally installed after a traffic engineering evaluation shows that all reasonable countermeasures (such as increasing yellow light timing, improving visibility) have been tried. It further notes that the reason to “conduct such investigations and corrections before resorting to additional enforcement” is that research has shown the cameras can increase collisions.

    Red-light cameras have been hotly debated in Bellingham after City officials canceled a promised public hearing on the matter this spring, and then signed the contract with camera vendor American Traffic Solutions.

    The Transportation Safety Coalition, a Bellingham organization fighting to stop the cameras from being installed, requested all documents, emails and research regarding the camera program from the city through the public disclosure process in June 2011. Though some minor counts of red light infractions and speed violators were provided, the group says it was clear no thorough traffic or collision analysis was done before giving the camera vendor the green light or choosing the intersections.

    The safety group hired a well-respected engineering firm to do what they believe the city failed to do. They believe the Gibson report proves that the camera program is unwarranted, potentially dangerous, and should be canceled.

    “In this economy, adding financial punishment in the form of fines, where no serious collision history exists, forces drivers to focus on their pocketbooks rather than our intersections, and their speedometers rather than our school kids in crosswalks,” said Elmore. “If there is a serious collision safety problem – prove it – and let’s look at fixing it. If not, let’s not get somebody hurt to make the city extra revenue.”

    The 24-page Gibson SR 539 research report and other related documents are available at BhamCamScam.com.

    – END –

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