In yesterdays local paper they outlined a plan to add 10 red light cameras to the downtown Roanoke, VA area. They used the example of Norfolk, VA where the red light cameras decreased the number of accidents at certain intersections. It's supposed to go through later this year.
Hmm, perhaps we should simply invest in the companies that are installing all the red light cameras & hire a chauffeur so that we won't be ticketed!!
Interesting idea to invest in those companies. They certainly seem to be getting a lot of orders from cities over the last few years.
Btw, I meant to say Virginia Beach and not Norfolk. Pretty close, but different areas nonetheless.
As for Roanoke, the city council still has to decide on the details before it can go through.
If you look around, at least one of these processing companies has declared bankruptcy and several cities have removed RLCs and speed cams because their use has been unprofitable.
Interesting enough, the City of Denver threatened to cancel their contract with Redflex because it didn't photograph enough violators - they had a quota in their contract that they didn't meet!!!
The reason was that Denver had been caught messing with the Yellow light dwell times and was forced to reset their timings - which in turn reduced the number of runners to below the point of profitability.
Whomever said it was about safety ought to be tarred and feathered.
OK, I'm off topic. But I suspect that the long term prognosis for RLCs is like those for Municipal WiFi - not good.
Well, there goes that idea
No in all seriousness that is eye-opening. I did hear about cities messing with the cameras to increase their revenue from violations. That's despicable and the responsible people should be ridiculed for that.
I agree with you and can't help but to think that installing those cameras is less about safety and more about the $$.
last ticket i got was in Roaoke,Va
A police friend said there will be 20 new ones in Long Island, NY keep the POI updated.
I am sorry to hear that. Was it in town, or along I-81? There is generally a large amount of state troopers patrolling these areas of I-81.
...keep the POI updated.
Anyone know if these are active yet? I didn't notice them in the POI yet.
This doesn't surprise me at all. A few years ago, the City Manager (as I understand it), decided that if they were to make the curbs jut in and out on State Route 24 it would slow down traffic. What a fiasco. If you drive down that street now, you will see tire marks all up and down the curb where people have struck the curb while driving. My nephew, (who used to work for the City of Roanoke), says that they were constantly receiving complaints about this, but it did no good. A nearby city in Ohio did the samething because they thought it was a good idea, (probably listened to the same people that Roanoke did), but after about 6 months ODOT came in and told them that it was creating a safety hazard and they were forced to re-do the street as it was originally layed out. Common sense prevailed in this case.
Roanoke is a great town and I love it there, but the powers that be sure do some stupid things.
As far as I know they have not been activated. Heck as far as I know they haven't been installed yet. The last thing I heard was that the city council was supposed to vote on it. If I hear more on it I will post an update.
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