January 29, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Problem with Red Light Running
Letter to the Editor: Problem with Red Light Running
The question of whether a rolling right-on-red violation is so dangerous that it should be enforced with a nearly $500 fine has been debated for some time. We now have the definitive answer and it is a resounding, "NO."
Let us look to one of the most highly enforced red light camera approaches in the area: northbound Cedar at Mowry near NewPark Mall.
In a recent 3-year period there was just one accident at that approach, a minor one attributed to a driver using a cell phone.
This one red light camera, however, snaps photos of potential violations at the rate of 4,000 per year, a number which is not coming down but going up slightly. Newark Police Dept. reports that of the 4,161 potential violations captured by this camera last year, it issued 2,195 citations and that over 99.2% are for right turning violations. Last month (Dec. 2012), of 210 citations issued, only 2 occurred from the left turn and 208 occurred from the right hand lane. None occurred in the through lane.
Over $1 million in fines annually to solve a non-existent problem? Seems excessive. Wouldn't the community be better served by leaving that money in the pockets of consumers to stimulate the economy? Better that than to levy this "back door tax" onto motorists in order to fund government not to mention enriching the camera vendor from Arizona.