The Oct. 31 letter supporting red-light cameras was inaccurate.
These devices are used to generate revenue. The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported multiple times that crashes increased where the cameras were deployed.
State officials push red-light cameras, speed cameras, stop-arm cameras and municipal radar in their war on drivers. They neglect data showing that crashes increase and safe drivers are ticketed. They also refuse to implement best-practice engineering.
New Jersey will sunset its red-light cameras in December. It will also likely soon stop allowing out-of-state camera tickets to state residents. Look at what New Jersey legislator Declan O’Scanlon has to say. Also note how federal indictments were issued against a camera vendor and other people in Chicago.
Look how speed cameras issued the driver of a stopped vehicle a speeding ticket in Baltimore.
Look how most school bus deaths involve the bus driver hitting the students, not illegal passes.
Look how most crashes are caused by distraction or impairment, not exceeding some arbitrary speed limit.
All of these technologies make mistakes and, coupled with terrible engineering, become predatory.
In Mountain Top, Luzerne County, some traffic signals appeared to be malfunctioning. What if a camera were ticketing there?
Cameras are being banned and removed at a feverish pace nationwide. Citizens are also demanding things such as proper speed limits and longer yellow lights.
Check out the National Motorists Association for information.
And contact your state representative, state senator, and the governor when they take office in January and say you want the above devices banned in Pennsylvania.
James Sikorski Jr.