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But Mt. Pilot has red light cameras…

In the little town of Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor was starting on his second cup of coffee when Barney Fife came storming in, “Andy we have to have red light cameras, Mt. Pilot has them”. Andy looked puzzled and asked, “Well Barney that’s what the Mayor said when he told us we had to build the fancy meeting center that no one goes to. The Mayor said if Mt. Pilot had one then Mayberry has to have one. We will be paying for that thing for fifty years. And Clara Edwards says we have to have a fancy new library because Mt. Pilot built one. Barney, you ever figure maybe we should just be Mayberry and not worry about what Mt. Pilot does?”

Isn’t that the way everything happens in Knoxville? Some other city has something that we have done without forever but because of the inferiority complex this town seems to have we just have to play follow the leader. Here is a new idea; maybe Knoxville should just be Knoxville.

The latest copycat move is red light cameras. I cannot think of a worse idea. Study after study show that they are unsafe. There is the moral issue of raising money by artificially shortened yellow light durations. For a town that is so determined to attract tourists it is hard to understand how this idea is rolling out the red carpet. Some one might want to point out that the Knoxville Convention Center is not doing very well and if you want repeat business a speed trap might not be the way to go about it.

Many blogs here locally have hammered home what a bad idea this is but to save you a little time I have prepared a primer. Take a look and call or email your City Council representative. Let them know that it would be better to implement a five second yellow light all through Knox county with a two second hold time on cross traffic. Tell them we do not need red light cameras what we need is a five second yellow light. You can do it.

http://www.cityofknoxville.org/citycouncil/members/

http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051030/NEWS01/510300317/1002

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/02/288.asp

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/03/AR2005100301844.html

http://www.motorists.com/issues/enforce/georgiacenter.html

http://www.cityofknoxville.org/engineering/traffic/signals.asp

http://www.phantomplate.com/testimonial/weeklystandardPart2.htm

5 Responses to “But Mt. Pilot has red light cameras…”

  1. Surveiller et Punir Says:

    Just say no to jobless losers who still live in Fort Sanders.

  2. robert Says:

    Plaintiff lawyers are licking their lips over these cameras. They can easily show how the accident rates increase at every intersection. It’s a poor idea brought to us by folks who shouldn’t be in office.

  3. Ravenwood Says:

    The easiest and cheapest way to increase safety at intersections is to increase the length of the yellow light. But that doesn’t bring in any revenue, which is what cameras are really all about.

  4. Standard Mischief Says:

    Wow, debate before the cameras go in. While I’m firmly in the “they’re just money-cameras, not safety cameras” camp, but the fact that you are having debate before the cameras go in is a big thing. ‘Round here, they popped up like mushrooms. Then the debate started.

  5. John Lee Says:

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