Featured Headline: 62%, 22%, 0. Somehow these numbers were absent from the debate and the coverage of the debate of the city’s Red Light Traffic Camera Program. Scofflaw drivers and unsafe driving advocates argued that red light cameras were ineffective and because the courts wouldn’t enforce the tickets were confusing. Others claimed the enforcement was all about revenue collection and still others that the cameras caused more crashes than they stopped.
During the red light camera program, there was a 62% drop in traffic crashes at the 32 red lights that had cameras compared to a 22% drop city-wide. There were 0 deaths.
So while the City Council and driving scofflaws celebrate their “victory” yesterday, the rest of us should mourn that the urban jungle that is L.A.’s streets just got a little less safe.
- Yesterday Was the 112th Anniversary of the First Ped Killed by a Car (Wired)
- You Read It Hear First, Metro Planning to Lock Turnstiles in Some Stations (The Source)
- Beverly Hills Pols Play Together Worse Than my Toddler and His Friends (BH Courier)
- Somehow LA Weekly Writer Thinks This Op/Ed Justifies This Error-Riddled Article
- Box: Is City’s Mania to Enforce Curtain Parking a Revenue Scheme? (City Watch)
- Epstein: Now Is Not the Time for CAHSR (HuffPo)
- CAHSRA Cites Improvements in High-Speed Rail Ridership Model (Cal Watch)
- Three Brothers Walk the CAHSR Route (GOOD)
- City Watch Writers Ready to Rumble Over AEG’s CEQA Law (One, Two, Three, Four)
- The Biking In L.A. Guy Is Heading the LACBC’s Planning Committee (Biking In L.A.)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill