Traffic cameras are just a scam
Should red-light cameras be put up for revenue under the guise of safety? No.
Should Pasco County succumb to the scam of red light cameras? No.
Are the leaders of the Homeless Coalition of Pasco going to cut their own throats when motorists get tired of being scammed? Yes. Schaumburg, Ill., took them down after people threatened to avoid the Woodfield Mall because of them. (Think I would give Homeless Coalition of Pasco any money now? No.)
Are people going to see through the red light cameras scam? Yes. Go look at Collier County, where people have formed a group to try to ban them. Three towns in Texas and Ohio banned them in November.
Does Port Richey Mayor Richard Rober have a conflict of interest? Yes, the profits of his questionable red light cameras.
Do the cameras cause more wrecks? Yes. Studies that claim they work have serious problems. A Houston report and a Texas DOT report that were supposed to show they worked contradicted each other.
Further, the media reported there is e-mail evidence that the (former) mayor of Houston tried to undermine the report showing the red light cameras didn't work.
The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running is nothing more than a marketing arm for the camera industry. In a Washington Times story, it was reported: "The so-called National Campaign's phone number — (202) 828-9100 — is answered by a receptionist at the public relations firm Blakey and Agnew. Among that firm's big-ticket clients are the traffic-camera companies Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, Gastometer BV of the Netherlands and Lasercraft Inc. of Britain. These foreign corporations all seek to rewrite state laws to allow machines to issue traffic-camera tickets, thus reaping huge profits for the companies that operate them — including Redflex, Gastometer and Lasercraft."
Red light cameras are not really about saving lives. They are about churning out tickets. Go look at how many violations are written for right turns on red or stop line violations. The vendors have to have violations to make it work. Does that sound like it is really about safety?
As a Pasco County resident, I am appalled by the naked greed that is on display here. These people should be ashamed of themselves for trying to put this fraud upon the county.
Stephen Donaldson, Dade City
School bus safety needs attention
Once again a child's life has been lost crossing a main road trying to catch a school bus. This time it happened in Pinellas County. Just last week, at 8:45 a.m. on State Road 54, a school bus put on its red lights and stopped to pick up some students. This is during morning rush hour and the speed limit on SR 54 is 45 mph; most cars go faster than that.
Cars slammed on their brakes trying to stop. Some didn't even try and sped past the bus. I have seen this happen on many of west Pasco's main roads. I think it's time to set up different stops for picking up kids headed to school.
Make these buses turn off main roads and streets. Have them pull into large parking lots. I was told by a bus driver for Pinellas County schools that this can't happen because of insurance liabilities. If that's the case, make arrangements with the owners of these parking lots.
We have to find a safer way to pick up these kids or another family is going to feel the heartache of burying their child.
Parents of school-age kids should demand that changes be made.
Gary Feifer, New Port Richey