Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Manipulation and Subversion
I suppose what really gets my goat is when cities actually decrease public safety in the name of increasing public safety with red light cameras. People are likely being injured and killed due to the light cycles being manipulated to increase fines. Of course, the only people for such cameras are the insurance companies who profit from them. Everyone else says that such cameras are bad public policy. In two of these examples, industries and bad public policy are being supported by the current government. Perhaps all three are really bad public policy because only a few cyber crooks will ever be caught because there is no uniform International Code of Justice for web theft and banks don't want people to know how bad their Internet Security really is. All of these examples are about manipulation and subversion of either machines, governments, or public officials so that a minority will gain from the majority. When did it become okay to steal from the poor to give to the rich, or has that always been the normal human condition?
Labels: bad policy
We also have pretty short yellows around here. I get into the suburbs and stop like it's the city... end up stopped while the light is still yellow.
The way ours work, there are multiple photos showing that the vehicle entered the intersection after the red, and proceeded through it. If you're in the intersection when the light turns red, you're responsible for clearing the intersection. So, for example, sitting there until the light turns so you can make a left turn... is completely kosher.
But if you told me that many people aren't aware of the above (their legal responsibility, much less the documentation), I wouldn't argue.
Some intersections in Chicago also have countdown timers on the crosswalks... so motorists also know when the light's going to go to yellow. IMO it's a lot easier... people can speed up to make the light, or let off the gas because they won't get there. Nice for when I'm biking, too; a few lights have a thirty-second green in one direction.
All that said, I certainly believe that unscrupulous cities are skewing the situation to their benefit.
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