The Star’s E. Thomas McClanahan finally brings red-light cameras in Kansas City to light. (1/4, Opinion, “Revenue quest, not safety, is behind cameras”).
Congratulations, fellow Kansas Citians! Your motoring safety has been compromised. On May 1, 2008, the City Council unanimously voted to move forward with the installation of red-light cameras.
Don’t fool yourself about the deterrent effect of red-light cameras. Any introductory criminal justice class teaches that the best deterrent for a wrongdoing is a swift and just punishment. The inconvenience and embarrassment of being pulled over on the spot for running a red light is a far greater deterrent than a notice being sent in the mail weeks later. A “ticket in the mail” is merely one more bill to pay for the offender.
If this is really about driving safety, multiple studies have concluded that extending yellow light durations is much more effective. Will the cameras be removed in the future when red-light infractions decrease?
Start the petitions for removal now.