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For Turkey Breast and BMW California did require more realistic yellow intervals a couple of years ago and the through movement violations dropped significantly. Most CA systems now depend on the scam of ticketing safe slow rolling right on red turns that almost never cause crashes. Federal research for Congress showed right on red turns (with or without a full stop) are involved in only six one-hundredths of one percent (0.06% or 0.0006) of crashes with injuries or fatalities. Tennessee outlawed camera tickets for right on red turns. If CA did this, the systems would collapse in huge financial losses and would all be removed. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association
There are a total of five guilty pleas or verdicts in federal cases of fraud, bribery or extortion involving Redflex-related cases. Red light cameras are a dirty industry, virtually a racket that issues most tickets to safe drivers who have endangered no one. Red light cameras provide too high of risks for corruption to be allowed to continue in any state. Red light cameras should be banned by law in every state, as they are in some already. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association
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I came from Michigan to observe the hearings by Judge Robert Sussman, who ruled very fairly. Red light cameras are profitable ONLY when the yellow intervals are deliberately set too short and/or when they ticket safe slow rolling right on red turns that virtually never cause crashes. Chicago has taken about half a billion dollars ($500,000,000) from residents and visitors, almost all of it from safe drivers who endangered no one. Chicago uses red light cameras as a predatory money grab program, not a safety program. Short yellows are only one of the scams used. Chicago residents need to contact their Aldermen and the Mayor's office to demand an immediate end to all red light cameras in the city. With the $2 million dollar bribery scandal involving Redflex, the Tribune investigation showing these unexplained and VERY profitable spikes, and the many tickets being dismissed for illegally short yellows -- the use of red light cameras must end forever in Chicago. Get involved and help end the red light camera scams in Chicago. James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association
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Facts about the veto. 1) Governor Scott's veto was essentially "purchased" by AAA that wants to surcharge the insurance premiums of safe drivers caught in speed traps caused by posted speed limits set less-safely and below the safest levels. The AAA Foundation does enough safety research to know the 75 limits would have been safer. 2) Allowing 75 limits would NOT have increased the actual travel speeds, any such claim is false. 3) The safest speed limits to post are almost always the 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions. Most good rural Florida Interstates already have 85th percentile speeds of 75 to 80 mph, so posting 75 or 80 limits in those areas would have improved safety statewide. Any claim the 75 mph limits would be less safe are flatly false. 4) Basing a traffic control law decision on one crash, particularly one that is not likely related to speed, is improper under all circumstances. MONEY won this decision, at the cost of lower safety. James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association
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Rep. Dave Kerner says more people will die, and that is false. 75 mph posted limits on the appropriate rural freeways will make Florida safer. Rep. Ray Pilon says law enforcement people don't want it to become law. That is false, at least where it involves law enforcement people who work by the science of traffic engineering safety. The command officers in the Michigan State Police strongly advocate for correct 85th percentile speed limits and on rural Florida freeways that means at least 75. Some would be safer posted at 80. AAA opposes using the safest speed limits so they can continue to surcharge the insurance premiums of their safe driving policyholders who get tickets in speed traps where the posted limit is set 10 or 15 mph below the safest points. If you like safety and fairness and hate money grab speed traps, contact the Governor and ask him to sign this into law. James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association
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Unfortunately, Sen. Detert has no understanding of the science of traffic safety engineering or the actual behavior of drivers with realistic speed limits. Raising posted limits up to or toward the safest points does NOT raise actual travel speeds enough to matter. Sen. Detert said: "I'm against it because people always go 10 miles over, no matter what it is, so why up it? I don't see the point." With respect, Sen. Detert, this is flatly false. Texas Highway 130 is posted at 85 mph, the highest posted limit in the USA. The actual 85th percentile speeds are 86.2 mph in one direction and 86.3 in the other. Posted limits tend to be the safest when set at the actual, current 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions to produce the smoothest and safest flow with the fewest crashes. On rural Florida Interstates, this would post the limits at 75 or 80, depending on the area and the ACTUAL current speeds today. AAA opposes setting the safest speed limits because then speed traps and tickets for revenue become impossible to run and then AAA cannot surcharge the premiums of their safe driving policyholders who get speeding tickets for revenue in under-posted areas. If you think speed traps for revenue are unfair, call your Representatives and Senators and urge them to support this good bill to permit FDOT to set 75 mph limits where appropriate. James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association
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This bill would improve safety in Florida and deserves the support of every resident. Most posted highway limits in Florida are set too low which decreases safety for everyone. If you want safer roads, please call your state Senator to ask them to vote yes on the bill to allow 75 mph limits on Florida freeways. When you see the term "safety advocates" who oppose the law, these are the groups that make money from speed trap speeding tickets given to safe drivers. This includes local governments and the insurance companies that make money when safe drivers get tickets and insurance premium surcharges. This includes AAA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - the IIHS that should be called the Insurance Institute for Higher (premium) Surcharges. "Safety advocates" strongly oppose the safest speed limits set at the 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions. See our website to understand this proven 70+ year old safety science. James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association
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Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs are federal support programs to encourage corrupt cities and states to pay overtime rates to officers to issue tickets that go mostly to safe drivers in places where the traffic safety parameters are deliberately mis-engineered to enable more tickets. Then when an officer adds fraud to the greed of the federal support program of ticketing mostly safe drivers - you know that morality is nonexistent. James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association
Several points: 1) The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) changed the rules on how cities must set yellow intervals in July 2011. The new rules allow cities to deliberately set the yellows too short for the actual traffic approach speeds for the sole purpose of causing more split second violations at $158 a pop, of which the state takes the first $83 (52.5%). Red light cameras are a massive source of state revenue, facilitated by the FDOT change. 2) If Florida cities just added one second to the yellow intervals, most cameras would be removed because they would lose too much money and money is the only real purpose for the cameras. 3) If a statewide vote was held, the cameras would lose and be removed. 4) Research the camera company campaign donations and you will find that most legislators who voted against bill #4011 in the committee got such donations. 5) Collier County just voted to dump the predatory cash grab cameras and lengthen their yellow intervals for better results than the cameras achieved. This is what every Florida city should do. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association (recent visitor to Florida in January)
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