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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.”


Are American Drivers Really Speed Demons?

New study says we talk fast but stay close to the speed limits.

by on Jan.21, 2010

Some of the nation's fastest and slowest roads.

Americans like to talk a fast game, but while we may like to believe we’re always pushing the limits, a new study suggests most drivers stick closer to the speed laws than we might think.

While motorists do run up average speeds over the posted limits in a few states, most stay under the limit, according to data collected though the Speed Profiles database compiled by TeleAtlas, the mapping unit of portable navigation manufacturer TomTom.  The report analyzed historical records gathered anonymously, over the last two years, from millions of GPS systems in use on U.S. roadways.

The tattletale systems reveal that the fastest stretch of highway in the U.S. is I-15, running through Utah and Nevada.  The average speed is 77.67 mph, but in some unpopulated stretches, the speed limit actually is set at 80.

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On a regional basis, the fastest part of the country isn’t out in the open West but, rather, in the American heartland.  TomTom reveals that 7 of the fastest 15 states are Mississippi, Kansas, Iowa, Iaho, Alabama and Missouri, where speeds average just over 67 mph.  The big surprise?  The typical speed limit in those states is 70.