LETTER: Red light cameras mean cash, not safety

News Sep 02, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Re: The red zone (Aug. 21)

I wholeheartedly disagree with the use of red light cameras, as it raises the question of whether public safety or revenue is the impetus. I strongly believe it is the latter.

As the municipality of Brick, N.J., discovered, there was an increase in rear-end and right-angle collisions following the installation of the cameras. Other municipalities in the U.S. have published similar results and they are well documented. These findings can be applied to Canadian traffic safety and cannot be ignored.

Regardless of the studies, I can speak from my own personal experience. Red light camera intersections severely detract my focus from the road. I have even braked unsafely or sped through an intersection in fear of the camera flashing.

I must reference councillor Duvall, who claims red light cameras are only an issue for people “if you get caught.” I have a perfectly clean record in my 12 years of driving.

I welcome the City of Hamilton to compare the collision rate at intersections before and after the red light camera installations, and publicize the results. Statistics against red light cameras should be examined closely before the city commits to jeopardizing public safety and stealing from constituents.

Jonathan Bozzo

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Red light cameras mean cash, not safety

News Sep 02, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Re: The red zone (Aug. 21)

I wholeheartedly disagree with the use of red light cameras, as it raises the question of whether public safety or revenue is the impetus. I strongly believe it is the latter.

As the municipality of Brick, N.J., discovered, there was an increase in rear-end and right-angle collisions following the installation of the cameras. Other municipalities in the U.S. have published similar results and they are well documented. These findings can be applied to Canadian traffic safety and cannot be ignored.

Regardless of the studies, I can speak from my own personal experience. Red light camera intersections severely detract my focus from the road. I have even braked unsafely or sped through an intersection in fear of the camera flashing.

I must reference councillor Duvall, who claims red light cameras are only an issue for people “if you get caught.” I have a perfectly clean record in my 12 years of driving.

I welcome the City of Hamilton to compare the collision rate at intersections before and after the red light camera installations, and publicize the results. Statistics against red light cameras should be examined closely before the city commits to jeopardizing public safety and stealing from constituents.

Jonathan Bozzo

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Red light cameras mean cash, not safety

News Sep 02, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Re: The red zone (Aug. 21)

I wholeheartedly disagree with the use of red light cameras, as it raises the question of whether public safety or revenue is the impetus. I strongly believe it is the latter.

As the municipality of Brick, N.J., discovered, there was an increase in rear-end and right-angle collisions following the installation of the cameras. Other municipalities in the U.S. have published similar results and they are well documented. These findings can be applied to Canadian traffic safety and cannot be ignored.

Regardless of the studies, I can speak from my own personal experience. Red light camera intersections severely detract my focus from the road. I have even braked unsafely or sped through an intersection in fear of the camera flashing.

I must reference councillor Duvall, who claims red light cameras are only an issue for people “if you get caught.” I have a perfectly clean record in my 12 years of driving.

I welcome the City of Hamilton to compare the collision rate at intersections before and after the red light camera installations, and publicize the results. Statistics against red light cameras should be examined closely before the city commits to jeopardizing public safety and stealing from constituents.

Jonathan Bozzo

Hamilton Mountain