NFL Dreams Derailed

Nation’s top tackler bloodied by hit and run. He plans to wow NFL scouts a week later
The Sacramento Bee (California), March 22, 2018

For the last three seasons, San Jose State linebacker Frank Ginda was the guy who delivered the hits.

On Friday, he absorbed one – a huge one – when his Dodge Dart was T-boned by an oncoming car while stopped at an intersection in downtown San Jose.

Lakeland extends contract to keep red-light cameras at 11 intersections (Florida), March 19, 2018

The Lakeland City Commission voted 6-1 Monday to renew an $828,000 annual contract to keep 18 red-light cameras at 11 intersections throughout the city.

“At the end of the day, these people are breaking the law and all we’re trying to do is enforce the law and protect the public,” Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens told the commission before they voted. “I think we have to look at technology to do a better job — they catch every red-light runner. I’d have to have a motorman sit there all day long.”

Local officials join mayor to demand expanded speed camera coverage near schools
Brooklyn Reporter (New York), March 23, 2018

As the state budget due date quickly approaches, local pols are adding their voices to those of Mayor Bill de Blasio, crash survivors and families of those affected to demand the expansion of speed camera enforcement near schools.

Speed cameras save lives: Albany must give New York City the right to install more
New York Daily News  (New York), March 23, 2018

Who kills more New Yorkers: drunk drivers, distracted drivers or speeding drivers?

If you guessed drunk drivers, try again. Fortunately, drunken driving deaths have been steadily falling since at least 1982.

Cameras would mean more safety (Georgia), March 25, 2018

The main objection seems to be that cameras cause more rear-end crashes, but the argument is moot because there is a universal law against following too closely behind the car in front of you, and if you rear-end someone, you are legally at fault, period. What is most important, cameras eliminate the more dangerous right angle, or”‘t-bone” crashes at intersections. In 2010, when Houston, Texas, removed their red-light cameras due to political pressure, crashes doubled.

Data: More vehicles caught passing stopped buses in year 2 of AISD program (Texas), March 24, 2018

In the two years since Austin ISD equipped its fleet of approximately 300 school buses with cameras to catch vehicles that drive through bus stop signs, the district has issued over 30,000 traffic citations for such violations, said Kris Hafezizadeh, AISD’s executive director of transportation.

In that time six students in AISD have been hit by vehicles while entering or exiting a bus, he said.  Two of the students were hit the first week of the 2016-17 school year and made the national news. Hafezizadeh said motorists driving around stopped buses that are loading and unloading students has been a nationwide safety concern, and the district looked for ways to improve the situation in 2015.

Red light cameras build bigger police forces (Texas), March 18, 2018

“Being a small department we’re having to deal with big city problems on a small town budget, the traffic safety cameras are just another way to do that,” said Volz, “Basically it’s a force multiplier, I don’t have to have officers sitting and monitoring the traffic signals we have those cameras that do that.”


Lakeland retains red light cameras through 2023 (Florida), March 19, 2018

Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens spoke in favor of the cameras at Monday’s city commission meeting.

“These people are breaking the law and getting caught,” said Giddens. “All we are trying to do is enforce the law and protect the public.”

“I see it as a matter of safety and I support it,” said Commissioner Scott Franklin of the new contract.

Commissioner Stephanie Madden also supported keeping the red light cameras, despite getting a ticket herself.

“I think I’ve had a ticket. My husband has had a ticket. My son Robert’s had a ticket,” Madden said. “We’ve had at least five or six, but we’ve never had a repeat offender in our house.”