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Red Light Cameras

  Are they right for Macon, Ga ? 

   Q&A: RED LIGHT CAMERAS  (click here) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  

Research: Red-light cameras work  (click here)  USA Today

 The Highway Safety Group (click here) reviews the negative aspects of Red Light Cameras 

Federal Highways study (click here) Safety Evaluation of Red-Light Cameras

Posted on Thu, Mar. 22, 2007 - - Macon Telegraph Opinion

Roundabout way to put an end to red-light cameras

Red-light cameras in various Georgia communities have attracted the attention of the Legislature, big time. As other communities are considering the cameras, including Macon and Warner Robins, lawmakers in the House on Tuesday approved a bill that would make red- light cameras more trouble than they are worth.

The cameras, installed at certain high traffic intersections, snap a picture of the license plate area of vehicles that pass through after the light has turned red. Proponents say red-light cameras are a safety device aimed at lowering accidents. Opponents counter that they violate privacy and are a money-making gambit. Both opinions are in part correct.

While the cameras do seem to cut down on side impact crashes, intersections with cameras usually have higher incidents of rear-end collisions. Though the fines from red-light camera locations are limited to $70, some communities initially tacked on surcharges. Attorney General Thurbert Baker put an end to that with an opinion he issued in 2005. Before that opinion, Duluth issued $602,000 in violations during the first three months after red-light cameras were installed. That included $150,000 in surcharges, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In a classic move to put an end to red-light cameras, legislators opted not to outlaw them outright but to make them too costly for communities to install and maintain.

House Bill 77 puts formidable obstacles in the way of communities that want to install the cameras. However, the real kicker takes the $70 fine and gives $52.50 to the state. If the measure passes the Senate and gets the governor's signature, the red-light camera era in Georgia would be essentially over.

There is a caveat that could nix the bill. The proceeds from the fines issued via cameras would supposedly go to fund the state-wide trauma network (there is nothing in the bill that directs the money to the trauma network). That really doesn't matter, though. None of the lawmakers should believe that even if a community were stupid enough to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to install the cameras and send 75 percent of the fines to the state that it would be enough to fund the trauma network. If they believe this measure solves the state's trauma network problem, they are really in for a shock.



  Roundabouts are the "Safest in the World" optional type of intersection.  They are less expensive to build and to maintain than signalized intersetions.  They calm traffic.  It is impossible to run a Red-Light at a Roundbaout. They prevent T-Bone and Left-Turn collisions.  Federal Grant$ are available to retrofit existing dangerous signalized intersections.  Pedestrians are safer at Roundabouts.  

Federal Highways - Roundabouts (click) simple but old overview.  (big book) Informational Guide.

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