Nigel Valdez 
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Re: “The Tucson Weekly 2015 Endorsements Redux

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner ended red light camera enforcement in February of 2013. “It just seemed to me that the hostility toward [the cameras] bred more disrespect for the law than respect for the law,” Filner said. He added, “Seems to me that such a program can only be justified if there are demonstrable facts that prove that they raise the safety awareness and decrease accidents in our city. The data, in fact, does not really prove it.”

We agree with Mayor Filner. Those who believe there is conclusive proof that the cameras are helping us in Tucson have not taken the time to thoroughly analyze research about them. The statistic that the Weekly has cited is in an uncontrolled study-- the accident rate dropped throughout Tucson in that same period, almost certainly due to a drop in miles driven, (which was itself perhaps triggered by a combination of things). Also, the cameras seem to redirect traffic to other intersections, as drivers avoid them. If they truly worked to reduce poor driving, they would be a losing business proposition--people would change their behavior and the cameras would be out of a job very quickly. As it is, the cameras make plenty of profit for ATS, and those profits are not dropping.

Most of the “research” done is conducted or funded by the companies that own the cameras. Voters who take the time to read the research, follow the money, and add up the numbers on their own will be voting yes on proposition 201.

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Posted by Nigel Valdez on 10/30/2015 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Candid Camera Conflict

This discussion reminds me of a terrible experience we had a few years ago with the robocop cameras when our daughter was dying and my wife was on her way to the ICU at TMC at 2am and fined $300 for making a right hand turn without first coming to a complete stop (no other cars were around). We wrote the judge about the experience and received no response. There are some good things about those cameras, but the political discussion around them has been mediocre and no one has figured out ways to address very reasonable concerns about them. At court we were informed that there are no appeals available. No real live officer would have written that ticket; a real human could see that public safety is not compromised by a 2am right hand turn at 12 mph.

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Posted by Nigel Valdez on 10/24/2013 at 11:07 PM

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