Government’s revenue-raising justifications should never trump safety considerations.
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The libertarian-style argument has some appeal, except that this is not a case of the federal government imposing regulations on a state. Rep. Levy, with whom I often have good-natured political jousts, is a major believer in the Nanny State: she was the prime sponsor of a controversial bill to ban cell phone use by all drivers in Colorado. Thus, Rep. Levy embodies the fact the left only supports the fundamentally American approach of maximizing local control when that would tend to increase the power of government.
There is some good news, from the (very small) “Politicians and Police Departments Can Learn” files:
In October of last year, Peoria, Arizona shut down its red light camera program after data showed that collisions at those intersections rose once cameras arrived (even though — and I can’t explain this — they also reported that the number of red light violations dropped over time). Also, as the Arizona Republic reported, “Last year, Peoria received nearly $300,000 from red-light citations but ended up with about a $3,194 loss when staff costs and payments to the Scottsdale-based Redflex were factored in.”
Also in October, the city of Colorado Springs abandoned its red light camera program, along with other pointlessly intrusive and ineffective policies, for the same reason as Peoria, Arizona: there was no improvement in safety at the monitored intersections.
With Democrats controlling the Colorado State Senate, I’m not optimistic that Senator Renfroe’s bill will pass. If it doesn’t, every politician (of either party) who sides with the cameras should be made to hear about it come election time.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?