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Monday, November 16, 2009

Voters in More and More Cities Elect to Do Away with Red-Light Cameras

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Last week's post about a St. Louis driver who defended himself -- and won! -- a trial vs. the city and a red-light camera ticket, generated lots of traffic on Daily RFT.

So, here's another story that should rile up those of you who hate those pesky red-light cameras.

In cities where the cameras have gone up for a vote of the general public, the cameras have lost every single time.

As the Washington Post reported earlier this month:
Three cities Tuesday (Nov. 3) -- two in Ohio, one in Texas -- voted to rip the things down. In College Station, Tex., the camera manufacturer and their subcontractors reportedly spent $60,000 campaigning to keep them in place, more than five times the amount raised by the opposition, and lost anyway. Voters in Chillicothe, Ohio, went against the cameras at a rate of 72 percent. In Heath, Ohio, the mayor got caught removing anti-camera campaign signs from an intersection. He, and the cameras, got sent packing.

Nationwide, there have been something like 11 elections on automated enforcement. Your vote total: Revolting Peasants 11, Machines 0.  

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