Tag Archives: red light camera

Reminder: Red Light Camera Protest Today

21 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.

The cameras themselves are installed and operated by a private firm in Arizona. The deal Yonkers cut was that the city gets $15 from every $50 ticket – the camera operator pockets the rest. Knowing Buffalo, our deal will likely be the same or worse. Or else they’ll have more expensive tickets. The entire process is ripe for malfeasance, including ticketing of rights on red, manipulation of the timing of yellow lights to maximize return, and it should be noted that Mayor Byron Brown somehow believes that the City of Buffalo will earn as much, if not more, from red light cameras (about $2 million per year) than the city of Los Angeles.

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.

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.

Red Light Cams – Petition Edition

15 Apr

There’s an online petition set up here, and a Facebook group set up here.

Shredd & Ragan’s Red Light Protest

24 Mar

Protest Red Light Cameras with Shredd & Ragan

23 Mar

Last month, I wrote about Buffalo’s push to install red light cameras at key intersections throughout the city. Far from being a safety measure, these cameras are nothing but a cash cow for the city.

And they don’t work – at least, not from the safety side, anyway:

Rather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes and are a ticket to higher auto insurance premiums, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. The effective remedy to red-light running uses engineering solutions to improve intersection safety, which is particularly important to Florida’s elderly drivers, the researchers recommend.

The Shredd & Ragan show is organizing a protest Tuesday – be in McKinley Niagara Square, in front of City Hall at 1:30pm.

EDIT: The release I received called it “McKinley” Square and I didn’t change it because I figured people could figure it all out.