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.

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