Just wondering what everyone here thought about this article:Marietta rep wants to ban red light cameras
Personally, my favorite line is when he mentions we have a Constitutional right to face our accusers. Sure, but I also have a right to not be slammed into by a car running a red light. If the regular police aren't going to do anything about people running them (I have been at intersections in Cobb County twice when a police car has been at the front of the line of cars when a car from another direction has run the light and the cops didn't even give the car a second look), then wouldn't it be a good idea to have some other system that will
punish people for doing it? Otherwise, why have laws about red lights at all?
I also had to scratch my head at the reasoning that fender-benders increasing so therefore we should get rid of the cameras. I didn't grow up in Georgia, so I didn't learn how to drive here, but where I learned how to drive they specifically taught us that seeing the light turn yellow was cause for stepping on the brake pedal, not the accelerator. I think it says something (something bad) about the culture of driving here when is expected that not only the first car will go through the yellow light, but also the second. Maybe having red light cameras at all intersections would actually help (eventually) prevent accidents because it would teach people to quit reading their newspapers while going down the road and actually look at what's going on around them.
I understand that sometimes people get tickets from red light cameras that don't deserve them. Some people going the speed limit get speeding tickets from actual human police officers. No system is perfect all of the time. I know for a fact, though (because I drive through it almost every work day) that the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Windy Hill has far fewer people running red lights now that they have a camera there. And that's a good thing.