On Tuesday, the Gardena City Council unanimously voted to terminate the contract with their Australian automated ticketing vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, because the program was losing money and failed to reduce accidents.
Gardena allowed Redflex to issue tickets at ten intersections in return for a monthly payment of $35,000, but the program only took in $9925 in revenue in August. The city also compared the number of accidents in 2006 and 2007 at six camera locations to the number of collisions in 2011. Half saw no change or an increase in accidents and the other half saw "single digit" decreases.
Shouldn't "safety" come at a price?
They are an automated tax/revenue collector disguised as a device to improve safety but as can be shown many factors are involved in safety. Maybe the design of intersections and timing of lights would be a smarter way to improve safety.
There are many factors to improving safety by improving design and signal timings but then someone will always build a dumber driver to negate any improvements.
So I guess the point was well made.
It only means the contract will be terminated. However, they may go shopping for a better contract that makes more money.
Thank goodness it actually showed real-world data. I hate the supporters that throw out blanked 'saves lives' statements. Good for them!
Chase believes that the court perceives Redflex's involvement in this issue to be self-serving because Redflex is profit driven."
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