Kansas City police should be nervous, motorists, too
The Kansas City Star
First the red-light cameras went up in Kansas City. A cop couldn’t be on every corner catching drivers running red lights or doing rolling stops through right turns on red lights.
But the red-light cameras at 29 fixed locations in town can ge that ever-seeing eye. A lot of marginal motorists since 2009 have gotten nailed with $100 tickets. The city kept counting the money.
But people’s red-light-running behavior changed. The revenue to the city also fell.
Now Kansas City is looking into a traffic system that will catch speeders, The Kansas City Star reports. Imagine getting a ticket in the mail for driving too fast at a particular location.
You couldn’t even argue with the cop that you were only trying to keep up with the traffic flow, or your car’s speedometer said you were obeying the law or you were rushing to get to the hospital because….
The computerized system wouldn’t care. But police officers should be nervous about that change because another of their duties in keeping the roads safe is being eliminated.