Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

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Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

Postby admin » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:28 am

Short yellow light times at intersections have been shown to increase the number of traffic violations and accidents. Conversely, increasing the yellow light duration can dramatically reduce red-light violations at an intersection.

Some local governments have ignored the safety benefit of increasing the yellow light time and decided to install red-light cameras, shorten the yellow light duration, and collect the profits instead.


http://www.motorists.org/blog/red-light ... or-profit/

This list includes:
* Chattanooga, Tennessee
* Dallas, Texas
* Springfield, Missouri
* Lubbock, Texas
* Nashville, Tennessee
* Union City, California

Chattanooga's inclusion on the list doesn't surprise me at all.

1) Chattanooga, Tennessee
The city of Chattanooga was forced refund $8800 in red light cameras tickets issued to motorists trapped by an illegally short yellow time. The refund only occurred after a motorist challenged his citation by insisting that the yellow light time of 3.0 seconds was too short. LaserCraft, the private vendor that runs the camera program in return for a cut of the profits, provided the judge with a computer database that asserted the yellow was 3.8 seconds at that location.

The judge then personally checked the intersection in question was timed at three seconds while other nearby locations had about four seconds of yellow warning. City traffic engineer John Van Winkle told Bean that “a mix up with the turn arrow” was responsible and that the bare minimum for the light should be 3.9 seconds.
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Re: Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

Postby Yellow_Dog » Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:23 pm

If anyone is under that assumption that any politician gives a damn about any "average joe" citizen, they they are a fool. It is all about finding a myriad of ways to get their hands in your pockets, and offer nothing but lies and regulations in return.
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Re: Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

Postby etowah » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:04 pm

Business"ripoffs, deplorable as they are, have a limited duration.
Someone, somewhere catches on, blows the whistle, or consumers simply go elsewhere.
Government ripoffs are forever :x
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Re: Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

Postby 4tees » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:36 am

Actually it sounds like those in goverment have learned from and are mimicking business......putting profit before safety, or any other citizen benefit. And best of all, those terrible government regulations put in place to ensure minimal public safety were simply ignored! Then, when all is found out; first lie, then blame it on an unaccountable "technical" error. "Conservatives" should be proud.
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Re: Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

Postby etowah » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:29 pm

4tees wrote:Actually it sounds like those in goverment have learned from and are mimicking business......putting profit before safety, or any other citizen benefit. And best of all, those terrible government regulations put in place to ensure minimal public safety were simply ignored! Then, when all is found out; first lie, then blame it on an unaccountable "technical" error. "Conservatives" should be proud.



Now 4-tees, you can buy your ice cream from a hundred different places, but driving under the traffic light
you are a captive audience. That is the difference between government and business.
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Re: Chattanooga caught shortening yellow lights to boost profits

Postby 4tees » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:24 am

I didn't say anything about the influence of govt vs business on our lives, just that govt often (unfortunately) mimicks negative business practices. However, you are certainly mistating the influence/control business has on our daily lives; the world is not made up of ice cream shopps. Your health, home, transportation, information, sustinance, energy, entertainment.....hell virtually every aspect of American life is controlled by or heavily influenced by business (and there is often no or little choice for those of normal means). I'd say that business practices have far more actual effect on the daily lives of most Americans than does the actions of government.
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