Tuesday, November 23, 2010

City Tickets Drivers for NOT Running Red Lights

"You don't have to go through a red light to get a ticket for running one," gloats the Democrat and Chronicle today.

Even when you stop at the red light, if the nose of your car is past the white intersection line on the road -- the red light cameras get you.   Nothing to do with safety.   It's all about cashflow.   The City Council president let out the dirty secret:   not "We'll have safer streets," but "We're going to make a lot of money."

There's no way to rule innocent men.  . . . [W]hen there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.   One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.   Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?   What's there in that for anyone?   But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted -- and you create a nation of law-breakers -- and then you cash in on guilt.

-- Ayn Rand,   Atlas Shrugged
Meanwhile, in the Free States, citizens vote down red light cameras.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Quoting Ayn Rand in regards to a traffic camera generating revenue for enforcement of a very old motor vehicle code is trivial at best; more so, a potential insult to her work. Are you arguing for the inalienable right to run a red light in Rochester?

Like Nancy Reagan championed “just say no” to drugs; perhaps the next Rochester mayor, can say “just stop” at a red light; “winners don’t run red lights”.

I doubt this type of risky driving behavior is going to “stop”, because of the revenue generated by a traffic camera.

Enjoy your T-day.

“Howling Mad” Murdock