today by attorneys involved in a legal battle against
California's red light camera program demonstrates how
profit is the
primary motivation for camera operators. House Majority
Armey released a study in May that
concluded the concern for profit has kept cities from
proper engineering solutions to problem intersections.
"The evidence is clear," said Armey. "The concern for
safety has given
way to a concern for profit. It's all there in black and
Attorneys with the "Red Light Camera Defense Team"
of confidential documents from the city's red light
during court proceedings.
A memo found among these documents outlines the
selection criteria used
to determine placement of red light cameras in the city.
volume" is the first criterion listed. Heavy volume
ensures a steady
stream of profits. According to the document, cameras
are only to be
used where the yellow signal time is "less than 4
seconds." In other
words, find intersections where people don't have enough
time to stop.
Putting cameras at locations with high volume and
time is not related to safety.
Another document sheds light on the concern with yellow
than 4 seconds. The city increased the yellow time at
of Mission Bay Drive and Grand Avenue from 3.0 seconds
to 4.7 seconds
on July 28, 2000. The document shows an immediate and
percent decline in the number of violations recorded.
"They've been caught red-handed," said Armey. "The deck
against the driving public. It's fundamentally unfair."
San Diego officials recently suspended the city's red
program after court proceedings forced the admission
sensors were being manipulated. Because the local police
involved in ticket issuance, they had no means of
tickets were being issued fairly or not.
"They've hung an out of order sign on these Orwellian
said Armey. "Now it's time to pull the plug for good."