Editor William Mansell firstname.lastname@example.org
Each week, the St. Petersburg Police Department has been releasing a red light camera video of the week.
9:29 am on Monday, December 3, 2012
you do turn right on a red light here? right. but the rest wow..................... amazing.
10:56 am on Monday, December 3, 2012
You turn right on a red light here after first coming to a COMPLETE STOP! BEFORE entering the crosswalk, looking for pedestrians, looking both ways TWICE with your final look to the lane you are entering, THEN proceeding!
I am glad to see the PD doing this but they need to do more! Actually being there and ticketing traffic violators would quickly restore some sanity to our streets. The way they used to do it. Look at cities in Florida that have active enforcement of traffic laws (otherwise known as Police Presence) and you'll see a major difference in the way people drive.
1:37 pm on Monday, December 3, 2012
Not to state the obvious, but these videos just seem to show that red light cameras aren't stopping dangerous driving. In fact, crashes at red light camera intersections have gone UP since they were installed. During the same time period, crashes at signalized intersections without red light cameras have gone DOWN. These cameras aren't working. The only thing they are successful at is removing millions of dollars from our local economy. The city only gets to keep about 20% of the money collected from the fines.
11:37 pm on Monday, December 3, 2012
It's time the City of St. Petersburg had its own Municipal Traffic Court. It would probably not only cover its operating costs but generate income for the City. At least until folks start driving with care and there's no one left to ticket. That might take a while.
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