I've been off this hobby horse for a while, but this blog has long opposed the expansion of red light cameras in particular for a variety of reasons. This bill takes that opposition one step further and prohibits speeding and other traffic enforcement in addition to red light enfocement via cameras at intersections. (In the Senate, John Carona has legislation that would split revenue between locals and the state.) I've covered this ground frequently before, so let me refresh readers' memories of why I don't like camera enforcement of traffic laws:
- Elkins: "Cameras can't make judgment calls"
- Red light cameras justify installation of surveillance equipment in public spaces
- Civil red light prohibitions may violate equal protection
- Traffic camera proposals frequently revenue driven
- Red light cameras increase rear end accidents
- They also can increase overall injury accidents
- Vendors taking a percentage of revenue have no incentive to reduce red light running
See also this report on red light cameras in Texas from the House Research Organization.