Red Light Camera Protest

18 May

As heard on Shredd & Ragan, there will be a good, old-fashioned demonstration protesting the installation of red light cameras in Buffalo. Why? Because everyone knows they’re not about safety, they’re first and foremost about revenue enhancement.

It will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2009 between 3pm – 7pm on Niagara Square in front of Buffalo City Hall.

There’s also a petition here. Learn more at Shredd & Ragan’s red light protest page.

13 Responses to “Red Light Camera Protest”

  1. Ward May 19, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    And the difference between a RedLightCam protest (Good) and a Tea Party protest (Bad) would be?

    Lets see–they both protest government confiscation of our money — nope, no diff.
    They both protest government plans which do more harm than good — nope, not here.
    Hmmm–they both protest ulterior motives on the part of our supposed representatives.
    They’re both exercises of the citizens’ right of peaceful assembly (1st Amendment).

    Beats me. Anybody?

  2. dave-in-rocha May 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    I think I’m still missing something. Why are so many people opposed to red light cameras? Sure, they may be more about revenue than safety, but who cares? You shouldn’t run red lights, and if this catches and tickets those that do, great!

  3. Ward May 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    Dave–the things were pioneered in Arizona, which is about to ditch them.
    The company which contracts to run the cams for the city will not permit the city to lengthen the yellow light duration, which would reduce the number of accidents–but which would also reduce the number of violations and citations, and cut into the company’s profit. Not so “great”.

  4. Jon Splett May 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    @Dave- By that logic, you should be cool with wiretapping everyone.

    Sure, it’s an invasion of your privacy but people shouldn’t be discussing anything illegal over the phone. If it catches people, great!

    Call me old fashion, but I think if the cops are going to bust me for something, they should have to do the legwork.

  5. BuffaloShark May 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    because if it was really about safety or other “quality of life” issues like the politicians claim they’d time the lights with each other so you can go more than 1 or 2 blocks without having to stop, and extend the yellow as well as slightly extend the time that all the lights at an intersection are red at the same time (to allow the intersection to clear before the next lane gets a green)

  6. dave-in-rocha May 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Jon, I think it’s a completely different situation, and I disagree that this is an invasion of privacy. When you make a phone call you expect that to not be eavesdropped upon because it’s private. Driving down a public street is not a private matter. Anyone standing on the sidewalk or driving in other cars can plainly see that you just ran the red light.

    As for all the comments about timing and yellow lights, I guess I don’t follow. I was under the impression that yellow light duration was tied to the speed limit of the road; faster road, longer yellow. If the light turns red, stop at it.

  7. Jon Splett May 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    I think what I’m getting at is that it’s more an issue of technology replaces actual police work. I don’t have a problem being legitimately busted by an actual cop. I do have a problem with machines monitoring my every movement in an attempt to bust me.

  8. deevoo May 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Why would anyone complain about a measure that makes the roads safe for the general public. If you are concerned about your privacy, turn in your drivers liscense which is a priveledge not a right.

  9. Red May 19, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    I question the use of the revenue that the cameras are supposed to generate. If the things work the way we’re told and start to reduce accidents and lawbreaking, wouldn’t the revenue then decrease over time? In that case, is it wise to bank on this revenue as a steady stream to hire police or other long-term commitments? I think we’d be better served to see this revenue go to one-time projects, such as light synchronization or physical improvements at dangerous intersections. Just sayin’.

  10. "GITMO TWINKYS" May 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Like rearanging the deck chairs on the Titanic, this dead city will still sink. Brown needs to step down.

  11. "GITMO TWINKYS" May 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    we will win

  12. Caroline May 21, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    Dave-These cameras will also catch you if you go right on red, which is supposed to be legal (same goes for trying to turn left if the light turns red, you are stuck in the intersection). Sure you can try to contest it, but a private company runs the cameras so good luck. I know I can not afford $50 a pop each time I try to turn.

  13. Palmira May 24, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    I think the idea is a good one because many accidents happen when people go through the yellow light which means slow down and stop. Others just take the red light without regards to the lives of others. My only problem with this idea is “Why are we letting a company from out of state run this project and benefit from the revenue” .New York State needs the money too. If we are going to do something for the safety of the city of Buffalo lets do all the work from here and get all the revenue for us. This city is going down in every way. Wether is in a car or walking to the bus stop, the safety of this city has gone down the drain. As voting citizen I fear for the safety of my family every time I step out of my home.

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