Friday, May 22, 2015

I Like To Speed

I think people have legitimate objections to red light cameras. Not that I support people randomly blowing reds, but sometimes, especially if yellows are too short, it's safer to blow a red at the last second than to slam on the brakes. But speed cameras that are calibrated to only flag drivers going 10+ mph over the speed limit really aren't objectionable. Yet people object!
And one man harangued the mayor in an animated discussion after his press conference, saying the city had installed speed cameras across Staten Island not to improve safety but to raise money for the city's coffers.

"You want the revenue!" Chris Altieri angrily said after de Blasio walked over to talk to him.

The mayor, seemingly growing irritated yet keeping his composure, asked, "Can you really look me in the eye and say we don't want to save people's lives? Do you really believe that?"