LETTER: Reader opposes redlight plan
I figured it wouldn’t be long before Ascension Parish jumped on the traffic band wagon.
Traffic cameras are taxation behind a facade of safety. They are terrible safety devices (if that is the real motive behind installing them), only offering a reactive solution to the problem. I work in a local oil refinery and safety is ground into us from the first day. The best solution to safety is prevention, engineering out the problem, i.e. speed bumps, more turn lanes, guard rails. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right?
I’ve also done a little reading up on the cost of these systems. Granted the camera systems vary in size, but $100,000 to $180,000 per intersection seems to be a fair cost estimate. Wow. For that price, seems like the parish could hire a deputy and provide a brand new squad car.
Say, by chance I do get in an accident, is that camera going to jump off the post, give me CPR, and call an ambulance? At least, a deputy can help with a flat, give medical attention, arrest a burglar, provide a real service to the community, a lot more than just passing out tickets all day.
As for Redflex traffic vans (the ones that brought out picket line protests in Lafayette) or the like, they are not substitutes for police officers.
I would hope the idea of hiring a private company that solely makes its revenue off of ticketing Ascension Parish citizens would be preposterous. Need I list the reasons why? They would serve as much of a service to the parish as their post-mounted counterparts.
Hope this changes some minds.