In the name of Public Safety, we will violate your privacy and steal your money......
JOE BELANGER, Free Press City Hall Reporter 2004-09-28 02:23:34
And how much does the study cost I wonder? It is doubtful the city would even recover the cost of the study, let alone the cost of the spy cams.
Police Chief Murray Faulkner urged the committee to give the cameras thorough consideration.
And of course, the incidents of red light running in London have reached astronomical levels! Are you suggesting that the police will actually start going after real criminals rather than petty law breakers? Likely the police are in for a cut of the loot too.
Committee chairperson Coun. Roger Caranci reiterated his support for the cameras, even though fine revenue won't fully offset costs.
Like so many other Guardians of public interest, Caranci doesn't care how much taxpayer money the city has to steal to pay for public surveillance.
Under the red-light camera system, cameras mounted on traffic signals take photos of vehicles at an intersection as the signals turn red. Photos are analysed by officers for violations and tickets are issued to vehicle owners.
Pledge your alligence to the Union! Plead your case in vain - we got you on camera!
London has 360 intersections with stop lights.
So, if all the traffic lights in the city were equipped with spy cams, that would translate to $200, 000 X 360 = $72, 000, 000 + administrative and operating costs. Sounds like a good deal!
Faulkner said intersections with a high number of accidents would be targeted.
Now this is where the police cash in - more rear end crashes = more fines issued. Maybe the insurance companies are in on this too
City engineer Peter Steblin speculated the rise in rear-end collisions is a short-term problem because drivers will make more sudden stops.
That's rich!!! The city has been talking about this for months - Read some mayorial propaganda from way back in April.
Frequent red lights caused by poor synchronization are often blamed for boosting driver frustration and violations of red light laws.
Just ask London drivers what they think about the traffic and roads in London!
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, September 29, 2004