Traffic cameras are about revenue, not safety

Regarding Lizz Giordano’s Herald “Street Smarts” article of Oct. 21, “Everett reconsiders traffic enforcement cameras”:

Red-light cameras, bah, humbug. Are we trying to turn ourselves into a “nanny” city? Trying to convince us how this will help make traffic intersections safer. But that is only part of the argument. I strongly feel the driving force behind this is about revenue.

A “robot” camera will now be prosecutor and jury. How many traffic enforcement officers will be furloughed or reassigned since their services are no longer needed? These cameras will work 24-7 with no human element in making a judgment. It’s truly just black and white.

Have you been in a city that has this service and seen just how unattractive it is with all this “stuff” hanging off the utility poles? Cameras watching us coming and going 24-7 and that will make us safer? I feel the day has come that “big brother” is watching us constantly. I feel when the day is done it’s all about revenue for the city, but it will be sold as making it safer for drivers through fear of getting a ticket. I guess the upside is, it won’t be reported to the insurance companies, yet.

Jim Hewson


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