Think twice before supporting red-light cameras

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What a myopic viewpoint. Regarding last Sunday’s editorial “Traffic Control: City Council Should Back Red-Light Cameras,” the PG editorial board jumps for Pittsburgh camera allowance based on declines of light-related fatalities and violations in Philadelphia. Your board next seems to correlate this to fewer accidents, and more responsible drivers, and all under an opening banner of “It’s a well-known rule of the road: A police officer is rarely around when some jerk blows through a red light.”

For the sake of the Post-Gazette’s readership, grow up.

Common sense, or a cursory Google search, reveals that independent (as well as national media) studies find such cameras also increase intersection accident rates, thereby axing a simplistic safety argument. And considering public-private partnership tie-ups and that enforcement challenges abound, this issue is deservedly more complex than your hastily shaped expression, which I suspect was found on cutting floors of a high-school news class.

DAVID YOCHUM
Scott

 


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