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Oct 27, 2010

This is an older post but it merits a repost.  Proposition 3 on the fall 2010 Houston ballot is asking for authorization to keep red light cameras in Houston. Do we really want to vote yes and allow Red Light Cameras to remain in Houston?

Link to the original story:  Dallas, Texas Cameras Bank on Short Yellow Times

This one really annoys me!! Turns out that Dallas, and incidentally, Houston are shortening their traffic signal yellow lights in an effort to maximize profits. Yet, these short yellows are dangerous and cause accidents??!!!

I may be naive but I did think that the purpose of traffic signal lights, and tickets for the failure to abide them, were instituted by the public to allow for safe travel and not for the purpose of collecting revenue at the cost of creating dangerous conditions?

We really, really need to get rid of the people in government positions who abuse the public trust.

"A local news investigation has found that the city of Dallas, Texas depends upon short yellow timing to maximize red light camera profit. Of the ten cameras that issue the greatest number of tickets in the city, seven are located at intersections where the yellow duration is shorter than the bare minimum recommended by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), KDFW-TV found."

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