Charlotte City Council considering bringing back Stoplight Cameras
Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:35 PM
I thought this was deemed unconstitutional a couple/few years ago. Why is it now back on the table? Does a city being broke allow them to consider unconstitutional means of making money?
Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:51 PM
If they can find a way to have it run more honestly it may come back, but I sincerely hate those things.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:52 PM
Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:02 PM
To bring back the controversial cameras, the city would likely have to enter complex negotiations with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Mecklenburg County.
The city operated the red-light cameras from 1998 to 2006, and paid a private Florida contractor about 70 percent of the revenue generated from the tickets to cover operating costs of the program. The rest of the money went to CMS.
But in 2006, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that 90 percent of the revenue from the program must be given to the local board of education. Faced with having to pay for the costs of the program on its own, the Charlotte City Council in 2006 voted to stop the cameras, which targeted red-light runners and speeders.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, a Democrat, has proposed bringing the cameras back to improve traffic safety and as a way to help the financially struggling school system, which faces a second straight year of severe cuts and teacher layoffs due to budget shortfalls.
The operating company took too much of the money, basically.
From 1995-1998, before the cameras were installed, there were 94 angle crashes at the intersections and 258 read-end collisions. Angle crashes include crashes when a car runs a red light and hits or is hit by someone going across the intersection.
From 1998-2001, when the cameras were operating, there were 48 angle crashes and 322 read-end collisions. The higher read-end crashes may have been due to people slamming on their brakes as they approached the intersection for fear of being ticketed.
From 2006-2009, after the cameras were taken down, there were 41 angle crashes and 187 read-end crashes.
This backs up my stats which I admit I was doing from memory on the issue.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:12 PM
The camera at that intersection was on the opposing lane... :mad2:
Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:12 PM
most of the time, the ones here in L.A. don't even work.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:33 PM
I know, I used to be a City worker in the Trafic Dept.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:46 PM
Posted 13 April 2010 - 02:10 PM
Posted 13 April 2010 - 02:17 PM
the ones we have here also have radar in them....used to be if you were running the yellow, it would give you a speeding ticket...if it was red on the pic, you'd get both! Now they are independant of the lights...so even on green it will nail you for speeding. Nice way to make ooodles of $$$$
What do they consider the speed of a safe turn? Because that varies widely and is generally below the posted speed limit...
And so the question becomes, do they post the speed of a safe turn for each intersection?
Posted 13 April 2010 - 02:51 PM
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