Recent Posts

FBI Employee to FBI Attorney for Russia Investigation: ‘YOU PROMISED’ Trump Would Never Get Elected

By Terence P. Jeffrey | cnsnews (Screen Capture) (CNSNews.com) - The day after Donald Trump was elected president, an FBI employee engaged in an ...

Read More

BOMBSHELL: DOJ Report On Clinton Emails Reveals Comey Did Worse Than Clear Hillary, He Committed The Same CRIMES!

by Doyle Alexander/en-volve The much-anticipated report from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary ...

Read More

IG Report on Clinton Investigation Leaves Gowdy ‘Alarmed, Angry, and Deeply Disappointed’

GOP congressman says the DOJ needs to restore faith in the justice system after bias revealed in report Rep. Trey Gowdy ...

Read More

Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption

Senior FBI agent threatened to prevent Trump election in text message; agents took gifts from reporters James Comey / Getty Images ...

Read More

When a Neighbor Saw a Man Attacking a Woman With an Ax, He Grabbed His Gun

JENNI FINK |IJR An Ohio man shot and killed another man he saw attacking a woman with an ax outside of his home. According to The ...

Read More

GUNS - vs - CULTURAL REVOLUTION 

by Linda Shuker "To Gun or not to Gun?" ....that is the question. But, is it the 'right' question? Again, we, the ...

Read More

Are Guns the Problem

By Rich Shuker   According to the Urban Dictionary the definition of Gun is: A complex arrangement of metal parts that is capable of ...

Read More

B56536_BETHSINGER_FLAG

DCCC Donor Partnered With Foreign Fund Accused of Embezzling Billions

DuSable Capital cofounder sent $33,900 to Democrat committee this year Frank White Jr. / dusablecapital.com Joe Schoffstall  / the Washington Free Beacon A major ...

Read More

Walter Williams: Diversity and Inclusion Harm

By Walter E. Williams | cnsnews (Screenshot) In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it's not long before ...

Read More

113 Mexican Politicians Have Been Killed Since September

Proving the drug war isn’t working, Mexico registered a record 29,168 homicides in 2017, which is the 11th year of ...

Read More

Latest News

[smoothslider]

Letter Writer has issue with speed cameras in work zones

Share

 

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

Comments are closed.

Polls

Please take our reader satisfaction poll. Please select one from each part.

View Results