Red-light cameras are supposed to make dangerous intersections safer. But at what cost?
Recent data from the City of Tallahassee, Fla., show that in both human and financial terms, red-light cameras are costing residents of Florida’s capital city much more than they may realize.
But don’t count on hearing that side of the story at this week’s Red Light Camera Safety Program review at City Hall.
A news release from last week touts the program’s “decreases in injuries and violations,” suggesting the city’s program is a success.
A close look at the numbers, however, shows something far less compelling.
In the three years since red-light cameras began flashing fines at the city’s seven busiest intersections — aimed at ticketing in 19 different driving directions — there have been only eight fewer side-impact collisions compared to the previous three years without the cameras.
Side-impacts, or right-angle collisions, can be severe. But the decrease, on average less than three per year,...
In one of the hardest-hitting Government Accountability Office reports I've ever read, Congress's auditing organization has, in effect, said that the TSA's Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program does not work and should be defunded. Members of Congress asked GAO to answer two questions:
1. To what extent does available evidence support use of behavioral indicators to identify aviation security threats?
2. To what extent does TSA have data necessary to assess the...
Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill they and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) say will fix the state’s worst-in-the-nation pension system and which many analysts say will do no such thing.
Illinois has the lowest credit ratings among the 50 states. The state's huge unfunded pension obligations are the main reason.
The bill in the Democrat-dominated General Assembly enjoyed bipartisan support, as many Republicans jumped on board. Among other things, the law aims to reduce the state’s $100 billion...