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Red-Light Cameras: Stop or Go?
Red-Light Cameras: Stop or Go?

AIR DATE: March 1, 2011

North Las Vegas wants to use red-light cameras to catch speeding drivers who run the lights. One study says there are fewer fatalities with cameras, and police say it frees them up to pursue other crimes. But critics say the cameras are just there to generate revenue by ticketing speeders. And some camera systems mistakenly ticket innocent drivers. Should we have cameras? Do they make us safer drivers, and are they reliable? And with all this surveillance, are we becoming a police state?

Maggie McLetchie, ACLU of Southern Nevada

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Firstly, driving is a dangerous proposition and should be taught as such from the get-go. It is not a constitutional right. So take repeat offenders off the streets, bottom line. The rest of us will be safer. Secondly, cameras cost money. In a state and city that are financially underwater, it must be assumed that they will more than pay for themselves in fines generated. This is not your government looking out for you, it is government seeking untapped sources for revenue. . . from us! Plain and simple, these cameras are simply the next way to fill the coffers on the backs of its citizens. No thanks.
Wayne ToliverMar 1, 2011 09:59:16 AM
During the portion of this broadcast that I heard, one of your guests, Maggie McLetchie, mentioned a 2010 "Journal of Trauma" article concerning red light cameras. Does that article happened to be titled, "Red Light Cameras: Do They Change Driver Behavior and Reduce Accidents?" in the March, 2010 "Journal of Trauma? Also, someone on the broadcast mentioned that Nevada law currently prohibits red light cameras. However, I have been unable to locate such a prohibition in either the Nevada Revised Statues or the Nevada Administrative Code. If such a prohibition exists, where is it located?
Grover ProwellFeb 28, 2011 15:59:14 PM
I find it somewhat insulting that your phone guest from the Insurance Institute would proclaim that "the case is closed" on whether or not red light cameras are effective. At home and abroad, this debate still rages. My vote would be against installing red light cameras.
PJFeb 28, 2011 10:01:38 AM
I think installing intersection cameras in Las Vegas is a wonderful idea. Ive personally witnessed an accident caused by a driver running a red light in which the careless driver missed my own car by only inches. In this age of hand held devices where peoples attention is often distracted from the road, its important to take action to prevent people from endangering other drivers on the road.
Travis AllenFeb 28, 2011 09:53:24 AM
I see entirely too many red light runners. I live near Sahara and Jones. I would love to see some meaningful enforcement such as red light cameras similar to what they have in Germany where a bright red light shines on the driver and takes their photo. We are replete with individuals who do not think they are criminals until they are caught. If a red light runner is successful, he/she is more apt to repeat that behavior.
Norma PriceFeb 28, 2011 09:50:53 AM
Will the law enforcement officials be subject to the same consequences of breaking the red light laws? I've seen police cars run red lights in front of me. How are citizens expected to obey laws that police don't obey?
Barbara WalshFeb 28, 2011 09:37:50 AM
I am not talking about emergency vehicles to whom time is the difference between saving a life or stopping a crime in process or a house fire. We are supposed to yield to police, fire and ambulances. They should always be exempt. They are working for you and me. The ordinary red light runner, speeder is just working for himself or herself.
Norma PriceFeb 28, 2011 09:56:00 AM
Downtown San Diego implemented these cameras. After several years nearly all of the tickets were thrown out after it was found that the company installing the cameras made a percentage of the fines and purposely timed the technology to increase their money. I AM OPPOSED to thi proposal because of this.
JacquelineFeb 28, 2011 09:27:25 AM
Every day I walk across Charleston from the Patient Care Center to UMC. Every day I have a problem with right turning cars that refuse to stop at red lights. They are always watching for cars coming on their left and not for people in the crosswalk. As a pedestrian I have to estimate whether they are planning on stopping (difficult for blackened windshields). I have come close to being injured on several occasions. Running a red light when taking a turn was supposed to be a venial sin of red light infractions. It isn't if you are a pedestrian. Camera monitoring of these lights would reduce this problem.
Dr. Mike NeubauerFeb 28, 2011 09:26:31 AM
This is only a revenue generator and has nothing what so ever to do with safety. Hence the shortening of the yellow.
dhFeb 28, 2011 09:25:37 AM
I would be happy if they could use the cameras to catch drivers who "enter" the intersection on a red light. Don't worry about whether they "clear" the intersection, as required by law. I can't believe the number of times the light turns red...then another 3 or 4 or 5 drivers enter the intersection. Why not use cameras? Or is it only a crime when a police officer "sees" you do it? It's a good thing we don't use that standard for most crimes.
FurrFeb 25, 2011 15:17:16 PM
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