Safety or Money, guess which one Ald. Burke favors?

Isn’t it great when our fine city comes to national attention for the careful and considered positions of our Aldermen? Like how Ald. Burke has railed against a radar detector that alerts you to red light cameras and lets you… stop. Instead of running the red light. Which is the point (theoretically) of the cameras. Why is he so upset? Because the city needs the money from the fine they can assess you when you run that red light and nearly run over me on my bike (sorry, that’s a personal flashback).

(via Boing Boing)

3 Comments so far

  1. phylet (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    Is it not rather the case that he wants these devices banned because vehicles with one installed are more likley to run non-protected red-lights. If it looks clear and you KNOW theres no camera, are you not at a higher chance of jumping the light? and by doing that are you not at a higher chance of being involved in an accident?

    Quite.


  2. Dave! (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    Phylet, I suspect it’s true that these devices do actually increase people running red lights. But I’m not cutting Burke any slack. Read the article, revenue is a major motivator for him. Besides, I’m tired of our nanny-state City Council, and Burke is a primary offender.


  3. Fuzzy (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    That’s a valid argument against those devices. However, it’s not the one Ald. Burke is reported to have used. He specifically mentioned the lost revenue.



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