Letter: Red light stirs debate
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
So the School Board has tabled the motion on the installation of red light cameras because it may cause public outcry? How did you expect the public to respond? Whatever happened to doing the right thing?
If police were to respond to a crime scene in which someone was wielding a loaded weapon and threatening bodily harm to those around him, they would do everything in their power to subdue the assailant, and rightfully so. They would do so in order to preserve the health and well-being of those around the assailant, even if no shots had been fired.
In the case of the red light cameras, assailants wielding two or three ton vehicles that are just as deadly as a firearm have in fact already broken the law. Just as the assailant mentioned above would likely object strongly to being arrested, it goes almost without saying that people caught in red light cameras are going to object to being fined as a result of their actions. But it is still the right thing to do because stopping them is protecting innocent citizens from being caught in the crossfire of these dangerous actions. Any other consideration is secondary.
The last time the cameras were installed there was a noticeable drop in incidents of running those red lights, despite the fact that the cameras were never turned on. I don’t care who benefits monetarily from these cameras. The increase in the safety of Greenville drivers outweighs the petty bickering over funds.
It’s simple. The drivers in our city have demonstrated for years that without the proper enforcement of traffic laws they will systematically break those laws without regard to the safety and convenience of other drivers. It is time to do the right thing and show them that their actions can have consequences.