The Philadelphia Inquirer's call for speed cameras on the Boulevard is the same old statist disinformation. Nowhere has this been more destructive than in the area of highway safety.
Adding failure on top of failure is the usual response of willfully ignorant politicians when big money is at stake. Accident rates have not improved in Washington, DC after issuing $500 million in speed and red light camera tickets over a period of 10 years. A private study of the effect of speed cameras in Thames Valley, England, over 15 years, concluded that the devices failed to produce a measurable safety benefit. In Philadelphia, ten years' worth of data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation show traffic has become less safe as accidents have increased at intersections using red light ticket cameras.
Still, the Inquirer and Senator Michael J. Stack, with SB 1211, continue to exploit a family's misery over a tragic accident that could not have been prevented with cameras in order to foist a failed fraudulent technology on motorists. Plus the fact that they selectively use accident statistics to scare the public when the Boulevard is no more dangerous than any other highway when deaths per mile traveled are examined. But then, streams of money run in the opposite way from the truth.
Lengthening yellow light duration and comprehensively synchronizing signals to 40 miles per hour on the Boulevard would reduce accidents and curtail the "speeding." But that doesn't generate profit, tax revenue, and campaign contributions for the camera promoters. Didn't the Inquirer recently call for the re-thinking of the red light ticket cameras? Then why do they call for speed cameras now?
Consequences are the truest test of any policy. And ugly experience teaches a powerful lesson: Most of the time government is far better at hurting than helping its citizens. Nowhere is this truer than with photo traffic enforcement for profit.
Defeat SB 1211 and ban camera enforcement in Pennsylvania for safer streets. Thank you.
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"Safety is the first thing on [politician's] lips, but the last thing on their minds." - John Carr
In spite of the latest evidence that photo RADAR has not improved highway safety in Washington, D.C., Senator Stack, Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor, still pushes forward with his plans to rob motorists in Pennsylvania.
"Washington, D.C. has been using speed cameras for more than a decade, but traffic safety has not improved. The city's private vendors have mailed more than 7 million photo tickets and collected $500 million in revenue, injury accidents have not declined as they have throughout the rest of the country."* Note that last phrase: injury accidents have declined "throughout the rest of the country" but not in D.C. Senator Stack wants to put a stop to the decline in injury accidents in Pennsylvania by passing a corporate lobbyist written regulation, SB 1211.*
"Nationally, accidents, injuries and fatalities have been on a steady decline. Between 2008 and 2012, the injury rate per mile traveled dropped 15 percent in the United States. The injury rate is 150 percent higher in the District, and the rate did not drop at all between 2005 and 2011 -- a steady 203 incidents per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (compared to 75 nationally)." When photo enforcement is put in the trend toward declining accident rates is stopped: witness red light ticket camera enforcement. Every intersection in Philadelphia using the ticket cameras shows an indrease in accidents, injuries and fatalities. You are safer without the cameras! We will get the same result by putting in photo RADAR, as Washington, D.C. has discovered.
But the money is most important to Senator Stack. To be fair, it is not only Stack; Nicholas Micozzi, Robert Tomlinson, the Governor, and a whole host of other public servants are also on board with photo enforcement because of the money they get from the camera companies and lobbyists and insurance companies, as well as the unfair tax money from the cameras to fund their Walking Around Money and their pet vote-buying projects disguised as "public works." Streams of money run in the opposite way from the truth.
Fiscally irresponsible politicians in the pocket of the special interests fuel the drive for photo traffic enforcement in Pennsylvania, to the detriment of your safety on the highway. In this election throw out the candidates pushing for photo RADAR.
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