The Muscatine City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday that would allow cameras at key intersections to cite speeders and those who run red lights.Isn't living in a surveillance-state funny?
The vote was 6-0, with Councilman Bob Bynum absent.
Police Chief Gary Coderoni said the police chiefs he's talked to in communities that have tried an automated system said that relatively high levels of citations immediately after the cameras are installed fell off rather dramatically in the months following.
"They might become irrelevant," he said of the cameras.
To which Kosina [of Gatso] responded, smiling: "We recommend you leave the pole up as a deterrent."
Red light camera passes first reading in Muscatine
And not to be outdone by Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Cedar Falls are looking for additional revenue:
The city is entertaining plans for cameras to catch and ticket speeding motorists and those running red lights.The Waterloo Courier called this a "sales pitch" and that's exactly what Gatso does.
Waterloo City Council members received a sales pitch Monday from representatives of Gatso USA Inc. of Beverly, Mass., which installed similar traffic devices in Cedar Rapids earlier this year.
Waterloo eyes cameras to nab traffic violators
Looking back to 2007 our legislature tried to prohibit cities from putting up these revenue-generating slot machines. The effort failed in the House. From this article: House removes provision to ban red light cameras
House lawmakers voted 56-27 to strip a provision from a massive transportation bill that would have prohibited the use of cameras to catch lawbreaking drivers. The House changed course just days after the Senate voted in favor of a ban.Oh really? “Either we’re going to save a lot of lives, or we’re going to make a fortune,” [Cedar Rapids] Police Chief Greg Graham said.
"These cameras result in nothing more than safety, safety, safety," said Rep. Doug Struyk, R-Council Bluffs, where cameras have been watching over intersections for more than two years.
Remember, it's about safety, safety, safety.
"What's a ticket? Twenty dollars? Fifty dollars? It slows them down and makes them think," said Rep. Roger Thomas, D-Elkader, a paramedic who has responded to scores of traffic accidents.Nope. It's $100:
Are we such a pathetic state that we can't have the payment processing center here? If we are going to have our pockets picked, can we at least have more of our money stay in the state?
I happened to be in the middle of one of these red-light camera intersections on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. Light turned green and a car and I entered and then traffic stopped cold. Yellow then Red, and bang my picture is taken.
Any bets on whether I get a ticket?
Any bets on whether one of these reps from Gatso ever gets a ticket?