Protecting the public our arse! It's more like protecting the city's moolah intake.
That's right, Dallas is considering killing its "red light" camera program because it's not generating enough money. So these cameras aren't put into place to protect us and stop folks from running red lights. It's to force folks to pay when they run through the red lights -- the stopping of such behavior isn't important.
Actually, it's very important because the cameras have stopped folks from running red lights so the city can't afford the cameras. Tasty quote:
"The golden question is how many cameras do we need? We'll have to look at the numbers carefully," [Mayor Pro Tem] Dr. Garcia said. "But for me, this has always been about safety, has always been about awareness. We did not do this for the money."Oh, it's about safety after all. Whew!
You know, it's not like we're totally unsympathetic to Dallas. Check out how much the cameras cost to maintain. Plus they have them cheerleaders!
Thanks to Engadget and Fark for the link. These guys are connected together like they're part of some web or sumthin!