25 February 2013
Another One Bites The Dust
Since the cameras were installed in June and September of 2005, some seventy thousand tickets have been issued, amounting to seven million dollars, plucked from drivers and transferred to city hall, the state, and ATS.
Let's do some math, here. Instead of increasing by fifteen percent, let's imagine that the accidents decreased by fifteen percent. One intersection, at Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Blvd. in the five years prior to Camera-geddon saw 138 collisions. A fifteen percent decrease would come to 117 accidents, or 21 fewer accidents in our fairytale world.
That same intersection generated 4.2 million dollars in ticket revenue in five years. So we divide the 4.2 million by the imaginary 21 accidents and we get $200,000 per accident. That would be the cost per accident prevented if the cameras really worked. Does anyone think that's a good use of funds? Maybe if it was your granny who avoided being a bumpercar and it wasn't your cash.
Now let's jump back to the real world, where all that money is sirloined out of us, and the optical peeping toms make things worse by fifteen-to-twenty percent. And our fearless leaders still think it's a good idea? Hmmmmm.
Consider that the City of Brotherly Love actually hired a lobbying firm to cajole state lawmakers to let them keep their cameras. And, get this, the state doesn't want the accident figures to get out. It is against the law for agencies to share such information with the public. Hmmmmm. I guess the facts just confuse us bumpkins. Go here for the story: Philly Phlash