1. Even if all of this were true, people are reacting to alleged extremism with extremism of their own. This is not a cut-and-dry, black-and-white issue. There needs to be a balance between protecting the safety of law-abiding drivers vs. maintaining the rights of the ones who are accused of violating the law.
2. I live very close to an area that has traffic light cameras everywhere. And I drive through those intersections quite often. Number of times I have received a ticket from one of them? Zero.
3. Where is all this outcry over the for-profit prison system, which
enslavesimprisons one-in-three African-American men in his lifetime?
It is not the opposition to the traffic cameras per se that I have a problem with. There are some valid concerns raised. Rather, it is the militancy, the imbecile references to the Revolution and the Founding Fathers, the I'm-right-you're-wrong attitude that many of them show. Let's get one thing clear right now: Tens of thousands of people die on our roads every year. That should be the major concern here, not whether someone got a ticket because they chose to run a red light. If the yellow lights are allegedly too short, then people need to go out there and gather the evidence for themselves. Measure the width of the intersection when it's safe to do so, then get out a stopwatch and calculate exactly what the yellow time is. Then submit that information to city council or whatever authority is responsible. If, and I do mean if, that is done, and if properly-gathered evidence clearly shows that the yellow light times must be lengthened, and the authorities refuse to grant a bit more leeway to yellow lights, THEN AND ONLY THEN is it fair to start protesting the cameras. And not one minute before.
I'm not saying that this number of accidents would be extraordinary or even statistically significant, but I do see it as a possibility.
In practice I agree that the intersection cameras likely do provide a good incentive for people to obey traffic laws, however on principal I am opposed to their use. It's a really difficult position to maintain, but alas that's where I stand.
Maybe it could be our civic duty.
You need to look at the ticket. Its typically a civil issue. In my state they can't put a warrant on you for failure to pay because it isn't a criminal act. I never pay them. Because the DPS says its illegal to force me to pay. No sense in abolishing them they are toothless in the first place. As a matter of fact my state legislature is in court with the city government attempting to force the city to repay anybody that paid the voluntary "fine."
Look at your state laws, if it isn't a criminal accusation, inany case I can't imagine it being being that it isn't constitutional to accuse you of a crime with no hard evidence, after all they couldn't possibly know that it is the registered owner of the vehicle driving it at the moment the camera took the picture. Don't pay them unless you have to.
This state, however, has a long list of fines and penalties and fees that must be paid and up-to-date before you can renew a vehicle license or drivers license, including many things that aren't related to driving or vehicle ownership at all. I do not know if this would fall into that category as well.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
if that is how the law is worded, the ONLY way to drive legally, since people do not have ESP and have no idea when a light will turn yellow, is to stop at every GREEN light and wait for it to go thru the yellow and red cycle - and then go when it turns green again. If a person is willing to gamble the light will remain green and does not stop at every green light, then they obviously should be prepared to slam on their brakes when the light turns yellow. To SLOWER a person is going the more likely it is the turn yellow approaching the intersection. So EITHER a person should STOP at every GREEN light (the only certainly legal way OR to floor it at every intersection speeding up.
As the studies show, redlight cameras dramatically increase accidents.
The government could easily require GPS and cellular to new cars black boxes, for which every traffic violation, ie criminal charge, could be mailed to each person each month - such as:
Following closer than 1 car length per 10 mph.
Parking too close or too far from a curb.
Stopping too close to a stop sign, cross walk or stop light.
Driving BELOW the minimum speed limit - such as NOT leaving the highway and parking if rush hour traffic is slower than the legal minimum.
Failing to signal when changing lanes, leaving a parking lot onto a street or entering your own driveway.
Failing to maintain proper air pressure in your tires.
Operating the vehicle if it is not meeting emission standards.
Wandering out of your lane momentarily (that actually would be 3 criminal charges, 1 for not staying in you lane and 2 for not using the turn signal out and in)
Changing lanes in front of another car not allowing at least 1 car length per 10 mph.
Not buckling your seat belt before starting your car.
If a person doesn't want tickets, they should comply with all traffic laws 100% of the time in your claim.
It would not be that much a challenge or expense to also require such government monitoring and prosecution for traffic violations for bicycles too.