A reader reacts to Shaler ARLE Grant story
Friday, April 24, 2020 | 11:40 AM
While ARLE grant projects can be worthwhile, no municipality should accept the money, since it came from red-light cameras(which should be banned in PA.) Other states tried cameras, then removed them. If we had best-practice engineering and enforcement, then practically nobody would ever “run” a light. Most people do not “run” a light on purpose. Taking money from these grants sends the message that all this is OK. Please note that the Philly Inquirer ran a story a few years ago saying that some of these cams had accuracy rates of 3%.
It was reported multiple times that crashes went UP in Philly at red-light camera intersections.
Nationwide, yellows may be too short, people can be cited a split-second after the lights change, for stopping over the stop line, or a non-complete stop for a right-on-red turn. Who can defend this setup?
All we need are speed limits set to the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, longer yellows, decent length all-red intervals, and sensors to keep an all-red if someone enters late. No crashes! Can also sync lights and use sensors to change them and know where cars are. After simple changes are made, only egregious violators should ever be cited.
The entire law dealing with red-light cameras needs to be repealed ASAP.