The article mentions one key strategy for preventing collisions at intersections -- lengthening the duration of yellow lights -- but ignores even better methods, like installing traffic circles at dangerous intersections, or installing lights that visibly countdown with a digital counter on greens and yellows. The former solution makes perpendicular collisions impossible, while the latter gives drivers literally split-second information about when the yellow turns to red. Eric Skrum of the National Motorists Association said,
From Mayor White's rhetoric, it does indeed seem to be all about the money. The Texas Legislature probably won't let Houston go through with its plan, just like they turned down the idea in 2003. At least the debate is starting to flesh out other possible solutions. Grits has previously commented on privacy concerns with government surveillance cameras.
communities that install red-light cameras rather than lengthening yellow lights or making other engineering changes are more interested in increasing their cash flow than reducing accidents.
Typically, vendors install and operate the cameras for a percentage of ticket revenue, meaning communities incur no start-up or maintenance costs for systems that can generate millions of dollars a year.