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Congressman Pushes Nationwide Traffic Camera Ban

U.S. lawmaker joins growing opposition; questions grow about both fairness and effectiveness.

by on Feb.27, 2015

Opposition to traffic cameras keeps growing.

A U.S. Congressman has joined the growing chorus of opponents who want to see the end of automated cameras used to enforce traffic laws across the country.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has proposed a nationwide ban on the technology – which he contends is used primarily for generating revenue for cash-strapped communities. Congressman Perlmutter isn’t alone. Lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have joined forces to call for a traffic camera ban in Tennessee, while a judge in Ft. Lauderdale this week ruled the technology violates Florida law.

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But the bill proposed by the Colorado representative, the “Prohibit Automated Enforcement Act of 2015,” is the first attempt to block the use of cameras at a national level.

“Automated traffic technology should be used for improving public-safety purposes rather than local governments relying on these devices to generate revenue,” Perlmutter said in a written statement.


MIT Software Can Predict Red Light Runners

New Algorithm might help prevent accidents.

by on Dec.05, 2011

A crash caused by a driver running a red light caught by a camera in Worth, IL.

It’s happened to just about everyone.  The light turns green, you step on the throttle and just as you pull into the intersection a car races across your path.  If you’re lucky, you hit the brakes in time, mutter a curse under your breath and then drive on.  But many motorists aren’t so lucky, with red light runners causing tens of thousands of accidents annually – many resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.

Efforts to crack down have had only moderate impact, even with the increasing use of automatic traffic enforcement cameras.

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But researchers at MIT think they may have a better solution: a newly-developed algorithm they suggest is highly effective at predicting when a motorist will run a red light.

While the system would only be able to provide a second or two’s warning, researchers believe that could be enough to prevent an accident, perhaps even save a life.


Motorists Group Wants to Red Light Ticket Cameras

$10,000 challenge to find other ways to deal with red light runners.

by on Nov.23, 2011

Voters have widely rejected traffic camera usage.

With more and more American communities flashing a red light at ticket cameras, the National Motorists Association is offering a $10,000 challenge to prove there are better ways to control traffic at problematic intersections.

The NMA has launched the $10,000 Ticket Camera Challenge to prove that engineering solutions, rather than automated enforcement, can do a better job of dealing with red light runners.

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The effort underscores a growing wave of opposition to ticket cameras around the country, many states and communities either barring or pulling down the devices – which often haven’t delivered on the promise to control traffic while also improving revenues.

“Voters consistently reject camera measures because they are suspicious of safety claims made by public officials and the camera companies,” said Gary Biller, Executive Director of the NMA. “To put cities to the test, we have issued the $10,000 Ticket Camera Challenge.”