For those who aren't familiar with this, what happens is a camera is placed at a traffic light intersection and usually it's at a place at the bottom of a hill where you're moving along pretty fast and more likely to try and zip through the intersection because to stop you're going out into the intersection anyway. Well, whenever your car passes a spot and the light has turned red, wham!! that's $75 bucks for the city. Or at least half that much, because the firm running this racket gets a large percentage. And now they've come out with digital cameras that don't even flash when you run the light. At least with the flash cameras, you know in an instant when you've crossed the line from law abiding citizen to hardened criminal.
Of course the city uses the argument it's for safety reasons that they've installed literally thousands of them around town..HOGWASH. The lights make the intersections less safe because what happens is as you're approaching the intersection, you're waiting to see if the light is going to change, to see if you should slam on your brakes, or accelerate to about 100MPH to try and beat the light. The last thing you're paying attention to is any other traffic.
No, it's an out and out money grab, and it seems as if the local and state goverment has no shame when it comes to sticking a gun in its citizens faces to take some more of their money. You would think that state income tax, and then another piggyback local tax of usually 60%, and all the lottery profits, and all the tolls, and sales tax, and, the rest would be enough? Nah, who am I kidding, they'll just keep coming back for more, constantly coming up with new ways to reach into your pockets. It's a shame that they aren't as creative when solving problems like fixing roads, and things like that, but I guess there just isn't the money in it like that Red Light Camera scam.
Bill Thomas lives in Seattle, Wa. He is actively involved with E-Commerce and Internet Marketing. His current website is Earn Money with Your Own Home Business