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Menlo Park is shedding its controversial red-light cameras

From: domainremoved <jcwconsult_at_>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:03:35 +0000 (UTC)

RE: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/04/09/this-bay-area-city-is-shedding-its-controversial-red-light-cameras/

To the Honorable Menlo Park Officials:
Thank you for ending the red light camera program to become the 81st California community to end or ban camera programs.  
Your residents and visitors will be pleased to stop risking the high fines and surcharges for a program that produced no demonstrable safety benefits.
Respectfully submitted, 

James C. Walker 
Life Member, National Motorists Association 
2050 Camelot Road 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

BIO: Age 74, licensed for 58 years, over 1.1 million miles of driving experience in 27 major countries, a volunteer student of these issues for 50+ years.  I work closely with the safety department of the Michigan State Police and testify frequently before state legislative committees on proposed legislation that affects traffic safety and other motorists issues. 

Red light and speed cameras are illegal to use in Michigan.  When bills were introduced in 2013 to allow them, the combined opposition and testimony in hearings from the Police Officers Association of Michigan, the ACLU, the Campaign for Liberty, Abate, the Mackinac Center think tank, the judges association, the National Motorists Association, skeptical editorials in both major Detroit newspapers, and others caused the bills to be withdrawn.  Ticket cameras remain illegal to use in Michigan, and should be illegal in every location.  Ticket cameras are about profits, not safety.  Safety comes from proper roadway engineering, not enforcement. 
Received on Thu Apr 11 2019 - 04:58:56 PDT

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