It was apparently a busy day for the sleazy lobbyists and scamera supporters. But, the bill made it past the committee. Now it will head to the floor. Let’s hope that once on the floor it isn’t further weakened or amended. That happens far too often. Already, for some reason it has been amended to exempt toll roads. That might be just for the fact that E-470 is a completely automated pickpocket system to begin with. Or, maybe E-470 is wanting to cash in on motorists who have a bit of a heavy foot through the vast expanses of nothingness that E-470 serves?
Several items of note came out of the hearing. As I had already mentioned, the police departments have gathered around to laud the scamera system and extol its benefits. One scamera supporter with Greenwood Village Police stated how accidents have dropped since the use of the scameras. I think it would be wise to point out that statistic can be manipulated to say what you want them to say. There have been studies of the these systems that compared before and after number. They left out key information such as whether the yellow time had been modified, if a countdown crosswalk sign had been installed, and overall traffic counts. They even went further to change the definition of an intersection and the definition of an accident in their before and after numbers.
For Denver, just touching the white line is enough to get a bill in the mail asking you for money. I’ve known people who’ve received these tickets. I would be willing to wager a few beers that in 95% of those case an officer wouldn’t have issued a citation. Matter of fact, I’ve seen officers stop over the line. As a frequent pedestrian I try to be mindful of where I stop for a red light and there are days that I swear I am the only one who does in fact stop at the white line!
Denver made $7.8 million in 2013. They DO NOT want to give up that revenue, your safety be damned!
Stop what you are doing right now and contact your representative and tell them to support this legislation in its original form and send ACS/Xerox, Redflex, and ATS back to the proverbial hole of public squalor they crawled out of!