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Red light cameras

Friday, November 16th, 2012
Issue 46, Volume 16.

Did Diana Serafin really become a hero for stopping the City of Murrieta for using red light cameras? She says the city’s motive was about revenue, not the safety of our citizens. What was her motive? Her friend got a red light camera ticket and had to pay a large fine and fees. Will the fine and fees be that much lower when a driver gets a red light ticket from an officer who observes the violation and issues a citation? And if one of Serafin’s friends gets a radar ticket, will her next goal be to stop officers from using radar/laser devices to enforce speed laws? What did the red light cameras hurt? 

Did her friend not notice the signs along the roadway, prior to the intersection, stating that photo cameras were posted at the intersection? Luckily, the friend of Serafin only ran the red light and didn’t collide with another vehicle in the intersection who had the right of way. Oh wait, it Advertisement
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was the camera’s fault for Serafin’s friend running the red light, not inattention to the roadway and conditions. 

I received a red light camera ticket in Northern California and, after all the fines, fees, traffic school, etc., I paid out almost $700. Was I upset? You bet! But it was no one’s fault but my own for not paying full attention to the driving conditions. 

Thankfully, I did not collide with any vehicles or pedestrians. Hopefully, no one will be seriously injured, or killed in those intersections that had the red light cameras, but we’ll never know if the cameras could have deterred that one person from stopping for the red light. There is no stat to show how many drivers slowed enough when they saw that the intersection was monitored by the red light cameras. Diana Serafin did not do justice for the drivers that drive in the City of Murrieta and neither did those that voted with her.

Steve Staley




Comment Profile ImageBrian
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 10:19 am
Are we a city of 5 year olds? No. We aren't. We are adults. Adults who drive many miles per day for work and recreation. In all those miles, we are fine. We obey the laws of the road. Accidents happen. I'm not sure why your mentality is that we are all guilty all the time of something. That's no way to live, and I certainly don't want my local government, or ANY government for that matter, to treat me as presumed guilty before proven innocent. That's not how our country was founded. The more laws you enforce, the less free we all truly are.

The fact is, our traffic light system is time-tested and true. We've been using traffic lights in our country since the early 1900's. If you had available the historical data from then until now, one could extrapolate a very small percentage of accidents caused due to running red lights. Anyone who goes completely through a red light would have done so regardless of whether a red light camera were installed or not, so the accident would have happened anyway. So they serve no purpose other than to give us all guilty consciences, and to generate money for the city in an evil way. The City of Temecula doesn't do that, and they are thriving more than the City of Murrieta, so why is it feel we need to stick it to the citizens of our city? I have never gotten a red light ticket because I pay attention to what I'm doing while I drive. I do not text or hold a phone to my face either. Perhaps education on driver safety is lacking from our driver's education instructors, or better yet, we as parents are not educating our children and friends on good, safe driving habits? I would say let's point the finger at ourselves for not teaching better driving habits. Self governance is much better than having a government arbitrarily enforce law after law on us, until we truly have no civil liberties left.

I am proud to live in a city where the citizens have spoken with an educated mind, and have decided to remove the draconian devices from our roadways. If you want to live like that, I suggest you move to China, or the UK, where cameras record activity all over their cities, just like Orson Welles' "1984".

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