Tuesday, April 13, 2010

When money trumps safety

It looks like there's a good possibility that if you get a ticket from a red light camera, it may be because the timing of the yellow light has been shortened.  The goal of this of course is to increase ticket revenue at the expense of public safety.  I know I've been in a situation where I've been doing the speed limit, but that light turns yellow at just the wrong moment and you have a split second to decide whether it's safer to hit the breaks hard, or go on through when the light is, what I like to affectionately refer to as, "rorange".  With all the factors that our imperfect mental math needs to consider - the car we're in, the speed we're going, the distance to the safe stopping point (not the light itself), the weather, our tire traction, how close someone behind us is following - it's pretty despicable that the light could be set up to increase the probability of an accident for the purpose of increasing ticket revenue.  Aren't traffic laws supposed to promote safety?