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Dear Lehigh Valley Commentator:

The Senate Press Release on speed cameras in work zones is short on factual information.

There is no epidemic of speeding and no crisis of highway workers being mowed down by crazed drivers run amok, contrary to what the Legislators and vested interests want you to believe.

Recent federal statistics are being used as a bait and switch. We’re supposed to think highway workers are at risk, but they’re not — 82% of the deaths are drivers, not workers.

But what’s left unsaid is that the majority of worker deaths are caused by work zone equipment, not by drivers. You only get the data for that by digging into the accident reports. Incidentally, the Maryland speed camera program is an abject failure rife with inaccuracies and corruption.

Pennsylvania politicians who stand to benefit are calling for speed cameras for traffic violations in highway work zones in order to gain a predictable flood of revenue into Harrisburg. That, in spite of the fact that 25% of the PennDOT workers killed in work zone fatalities were due to passing civilian vehicles since 1970. Through 2014, that is 21 fatalities by passing vehicles in 45 years, or one about every 2.14 years. No way were 16 killed this year as the article says.

Blatantly false and misleading data is provided by PennDOT, the camera makers and their lobbyists, and the rest of the automated enforcement vested interests who desperately want speed cameras to fatten their bottom line at the expense of safe driving motorists. The politicians are only too happy to help their industry friends because it results in maintaining a constant stream of money flowing into Harrisburg for general funding.

The true data shows that 75% of the PennDOT workers killed were accidents with other workers or work machinery. If PennDOT actually wants a program to reduce the number of PennDOT workers killed, wouldn’t it make sense to go after the 64, or 75%, killed inside the work zones by other workers first? Yet, our esteemed public servants propose what PennDOT wants, and the camera interests have now recruited the APC and PHIA to jump on the disinformation bandwagon and endorse an expensive technology that has proven to be ineffective at making roads safer.
On top of that, speed cameras failed to produce any significant safety results in a Minnesota DOT work zone study.
http://thenewspaper.com/news/50/5006.asp

 “Traffic Camera Lobbyists Buy Victory in Maryland Legislature”
“Four photo ticketing firms spend $555,106 in campaign donations and lobbying for $9.8 million statewide speed camera payoff in Maryland.”
http://thenewspaper.com/news/27/2752.asp I would bet the same process is being rolled out in Pennsylvania, because there is no need for speed cameras EXCEPT TO RAISE REVENUE!

 Transportation Officials Using Bogus Worker Death Data: Inflated worker death numbers used to implement double fine programs that have no proven beneficial safety effect
http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/07/729.asp?winst=1503771825850&of=0

 Minnesota Study Finds No Benefit To Work Zone Speed Cams: Speed cameras failed to produce any significant results in a Minnesota DOT work zone study
http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/50/5006.asp?winst=1503771825850&of=0

 All the unbiased evidence, that is, evidence from groups or people who make no money off cameras, is that the cameras don’t work, and that they are only for money, not for safety.

The pro-automated-tax people are going after work zone safety in a poor way, one that is more likely to raise significant amounts of money than to actually improve safety. Reject speed cameras in Pennsylvania highway work zones. Re-engineer the work zones for safety instead.

To be fair to your readers, in your next piece about speed cameras please include the above. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Tom McCarey Member, National Motorists Association
www.motorists.org

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