Whilst in Australia a feeling of anti Americanism might be running high, there are a few things that American’s do better than us, one of those things is to not follow the advice of so called “road experts” who do nothing but promote revenue raising agendas when it comes to road safety.
The US state of Nevada recently voted in the Senate to overwhelmingly reject red light cameras by a 15-6 vote. Nevada is one of a growing number of jurisdictions with a specific statute banning automated photo ticketing. In a committee hearing, a number of top police officials from across Nevada testified that red light enforcement systems were essential for safety reasons.
However, unlike here in Australia were laws are passed based on questionable statistics, Nevada state senators questioned the motivation behind the bill. Senator Joe Heck (R-Henderson) specifically asked the officials whether they had first considered safety alternatives to the cameras.
“In looking through your written handout, I note the statistics from the Philadelphia study show violations dropped after yellow lights were extended,” Dr. Heck said. “Have we taken that incremental approach in Nevada?“
“I am not familiar with any efforts,” Frank Adams, Executive Director of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association responded.
The problem of revenue raising is not just an issue here in Australia, American drivers also feel our pain.
The goal of that model law was to eliminate pesky due process. By fining the vehicle owner, they can streamline the collection of fines. You are guilty until proven innocent.” Chad Dornsife, the Executive Director of the Best Highway Safety Practices Institute testified
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