Starting next month there will be red light cameras installed at 11 intersections in Sioux City. For some reason we have a major problem with people running red lights. Not just right before they turn red when they are still yellow, I mean when they have been red from when the traffic is approaching from half a block away. Also for some reason we have drivers that stop but with half the front end in the intersection & they had plenty of time to stop behind the solid white line. We also have a major problem with drivers who creep out into the intersection while the light is still red after stopping.
I have had motorists who have gone around me to run a red light at an intersection while we were stopped. They went into the oncoming lane & drove through the intersection. I have also had red light runners run the light when I am on the intersecting roadway with the green light & ROW & almost hit me. So if these intersections are along my commute route or in an area I reguarly ride this may make cycling safer in my community.
What do you feel about the red light cameras?
Not sure how I feel about them yet, time will tell. If they help make the intersections safer then no problem I'm all for it. If not then it is a waste of my tax dollars to purchase & maintain them.
I know the ACLU's position on them, they hate them & consider them a violation of civil rights. I don't see how, but ok. The least of my concerns is the ACLU's position on them & I doubt there will be much opposition to them in my area. Even if there is the city will pretty much tell the ACLU where to stick it, the cameras will be installed regardless. They are on public property, paid for with public funds for the protection of the public. What's wrong with that?
I have heard cases where the cameras helped solve a crime & saved lives.