posted on Jan, 15 2008 @ 06:24 PM
I live in Sugar Land, Texas. Sugar Land is supposed to be one of the best places in the US to live (according to CNN/Money magazine). We are also
supposed to have one of the lowest crime rates and lowest violent crime rates per 1,000 citizens.
Given the number of cars stolen here and the number of kick-in home invasions, I question that. Not to mention all the registered pedos that live in
almost every neighborhood in Sugar Land.
At any rate, red light cameras started going up in October of 2007, went into test mode in November of 2007, and went "live" in December of 2007.
Never mind that Sugar Land has enough cameras along it's roads that we look like an Orwellian nightmare a la 1984.
You should see our intersections. It's not a stretch that a single intersection has 10-20 cameras trained on it. Yet, they can't find all our
stolen cars or any of the kick in armed robbers.
Some of those cameras are designed to issue ticket, err..., I mean make Sugar Land safer.
Some are used "tune in" to the intersection for what ever reason.
For example; let's say an intersection has a wreck at it. 47 people call 911 in a 5 minute time spam to report the accident from their cell phones.
Is that not enough verification that the 911 calls are not fake??
So they bring up the intersection, look at the smashed up cars, and say "Yup, there's a wreck right there alright." Can someone explain how that
Imagine all the money they could save if they were willing to take the word of 47 people in the first 5 minutes alone.
They wouldn't need the 10-20 cameras or all the people to watch them or all the computer equipment used to process everything.
No wonder law enforcement feels under paid! Think of all those wasted tax dollars on all this "stuff."
Yesterday, I proceeded toward an intersection with a red light camera. The light turned yellow and in a normal situation, I would have cruised
through because of where I was when the light changed to yellow.
Instead, I slammed on my brakes to avoid getting a ticket in the mail. To my horror, I noticed in my rear view mirror a car so close behind me, I
could not see his headlights. I had to make a split decision between getting a ticket for safely driving through the yellow/red or possibly being
involved in a major accident which would have resulted in expensive damages to two automobiles, possible human injuries, and the ensuing traffic jam
the accident would have created.
Stupidly, I opted to be a law abiding citizen and with great luck, we were both able to stop safely. However, the driver behind me was less then
pleased and for a moment, I thought he was going to get out of his BMW and approach mine in a state of rage.
Today, another incident happened.
I approached an intersection while it was raining. This location had a red light camera and again, not wanting to get a ticket, I had no choice but
to hit the brakes hard. As a result, I hydroplaned. The last time I lost control of my automobile, I was living in Fargo, ND and trying to drive,
with the rest of the traffic, along an iced over road (Fargo, ND doesn't "shut down" for winter storms).
That was back in the 1990s.
My friends often complain that I drive "to safe" so it is not that I am speeding every where I go or driving around with wild abandon.
With yellow lights, I try to make the safest decision, legal or not. Red light cameras raise the stakes very high. Slam on the brakes, risk a MAJOR
rear end collision. Proceed through, risk getting "zapped" by the red light camera.
Is it fair that I should be willing to take the $75.00 fine because the guy behind me is tail gating me? True, he'll get the ticket to but that does
no good to my personal wallet.
I can assure you that if I am rear ended for stopping at an intersection with a red light camera, I am going to file an endangerment lawsuit against
the city of Sugar Land and the amount I seek will attract media attention.
It is unacceptable that I should be fined for protecting my own skin and my own property at an intersection with a red light camera. A police officer
would see that I was being tail gated and would make a common sense decision on who should and should not receive a ticket. A red light camera takes
a snap shot without regard to any circumstances and that ticket gets rubber stamped by a desk jockey with a badge.
The pressure is on him to rubber stamp the highest percentage possible and he, like anyone else, doesn't want to listen to his boss whining about his
performance. So, he'll do what he has to do to keep the higher ups off his back; like any other employee worth half their already low wage.
Because of my safe driving habits, I have NEVER been in a car accident. Ever. Not as a driver or a passenger. I have been driving for over 25 years
and I have never hit an automobile or been hit by one. That non-accident history over more then a quarter of a century does not happen by
I fear for my safety over the very cameras that are supposed to be keeping me safer then I was before they were installed.
Albeit a few decades late, 1984 has finally arrived in Sugar Land, TX. I drive around in a one year old Ford Escape and have no interest in getting
it all smashed up. My sister is recovering from neck surgery because she was rear ended about a year ago.
If I end up in an accident because I was afraid of getting a ticket, I will go after Sugar Land and I will be out for lots and lots of green backs!
I will pursue Sugar Land with the local law firm of Ross & Matthews, who I currently have on retainer.
I am 100% certain that one police officer positioned at the same location could out perform 10-20 cameras all pointed at the same darn thing.
Government waste behind the mask of safety.
It works every time.
A few people have already and will continue to make a fortune off this "business deal." Even if I had their names (which I don't), you can be
certain that wouldn't want ANYONE to know how much personal profit they are making from this.
Some where along the line, a slick salesman sold a slick peace officer who sold it to a slick "committee."
They would not have purchased those red light cameras if there was not a profit to be made.
If those cameras cause me to make a sudden stop and as a result, I get rear ended, I'll go after every penny every one of those cameras ever
generated in Sugar Land and a whole lot more.