Once again, it appears that California is a leader in social change. This
time, the venue is traffic enforcement cameras.
San Juan Capistrano may have been one of the first cities to do away with some traffic enforcement
cameras. Since then, 60 other cities, including Anaheim and Santa Ana,
have followed suit. Now, the movement is spreading east.
In April 2014, South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard took a tough stand
Iowa speed trap. When motorists are driving westbound on Interstate 29, the speed limit
suddenly drops from 65 mph to 55 mph just across the border. The speed
limit is camera-enforced. Now, when Iowa sends a request to the South
Dakota DMV for a name and address, South Dakota will not provide that
information. With no current address, the state of Iowa, and the camera
company, will see no money.
Small town sheriffs chased down Tin Lizzies on foot to enforce a 12 mph
speed limit, speed limits once increased and decreased on the same road
with no discernible pattern and patrol officers once hid behind billboards
at the county line. It is now becoming clear that speeding cameras are
the modern-day equivalent of these
One indication is the fraud involved. Last year, a Redflex official admitted
that the company bribed officials across the country to convince them
to install traffic enforcement cameras. Moreover, studies regarding the
effect of cameras on roadway safety in Bakersfield have had mixed results,
at best. An industry study claimed that cameras saved 15 lives between
2004 and 2008; however, in Florida, rear-end collisions at stoplights
have increased 35% since cameras were installed in 2010. The days of traffic
enforcement cameras may well be numbered.