Is camera enforcement of traffic laws falling out of favor?
For the first time since they were introduced in the 1980s, the areas that
use red-light cameras decreased from 700 in 2011 to 500 in 2013. Some
cities in California recently floated the idea of using
cameras to enforce speeding laws. One proposal had fixed camera mounted at various places, especially those
spots known for speeders. Another proposal would have used mobile cameras
in police vans. Opposition, sometimes in the form of a lawsuit, killed
Law enforcement agencies in Lamont and Shafter are currently considering
other high-tech options.
The unique nature of speeding enforcement, with its two goals of roadway
safety and revenue generation, has led many cities to consider a lower-cost
way of enforcing the speed limit. It is only natural that
cameras are on the agenda: they have a low operating cost, are reliable and present
an effective visual deterrent.
Cameras have been touted as a practical way to enforce speeding laws and
some cities, Phoenix, Arizona among them, use speed-enforcement cameras.