...it wasn't a secret ongoing electronic speed trap or a red light running cash flow scam like so much of what the government does to help you today.
I have no desire to delve back into the broader points of this argument, I've said what I believe and think kathy has done an outstanding job of trying to emphasize her point of view at least a half dozen different ways, although they continually appear to fall on deaf ears. :-D
However, your "red light running cash flow scam" comment did catch my attention. Are you really super paranoid, anti government, and anti technology enough that you have an issue with a red light camera?
While accepting the simple fact that NOTHING in life is perfect and there have been many claims, possibly even a few valid ones, such as the length of caution being reduced, etc.... Overall I can't think of a more evenly applied, fair, non disputable fact and evidence based way of issuing a red light ticket.
Yet all the apologist and excuse makers will come up with a 101 excuses as to why they are a bad idea...they're about money, it's big brother, they cause more rear end accidents because of people "stopping" for red lights, etc. ANYTHING to avoid self responsibility!
How about this concept....they catch people that violate the law, provide indisputable evidence, and hold them accountable by subjecting them to a fine. Imagine that, WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT!
Or, are you really extreme enough to believe that not being allowed to run a red light somehow infringes on your personal liberties and somehow it's none of the governments business. :? If you don't want it to be a cash cow for the government....It's pretty simple, don't run the red light!
As someone who gets frustrated on a daily basis by watching my light turn green, then having to sit and possibly miss the green cycle waiting for 1, 2 or even 3 vehicles with the red light to finish clearing the intersection...Personally, I welcome the technology!