The Greedy Government-Surveillance Society Complex
Technology is wonderful, but in the wrong hands can lead to abuse of our citizenry. Combine technologies potential with the thrist for more money from local governments and you’ll have a toxic mix of government watching you and fining you “for your own good.”
National Journal reports on the latest development where local governments are re-timing traffic signals to shorten the yellow light function, thus making it more likely motorists will be caught (with intersection cameras) running red lights.
“Cities and for-profit camera companies maximize revenue by setting yellow-light times that are too short,” said National Motorists Association President Gary Biller. “It is a violation of the public trust, and it jeopardizes motorist, cyclist, and pedestrian safety.”
Local government’s insatiable appetite for money (i.e., greed) is putting lives at risk. Yellow lights serve a critical function at busy intersections, and shortening them simply to raise more revenue show a callous indifference to the safety of the community. Sadly, I see this trend only increasing in coming years.