ODOT Recommends Removing Red Light Cameras after 77% Increase in Crashes, City Extends Contract

It’s no surprise, but yet another city is blinded by the easy revenue from red light cameras that they insist on making decisions that are contrary to the public’s safety. The Statesmen Journal reports that ODOT recommended removing cameras in Salem, OR after accidents increased 77%.

In the 50 months before the cameras went up, crashes averaged .62 per month. In the 21 months after installation, the average increased to 1.09 per month, ODOT reported.

But as we’ve seen time and time again, the city chooses to ignore the recommendation and opts to continue or expand the program. Shame on you, Salem!

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One Comment

  1. Al
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Allow me to highlight a quote from the article by ODOT’s Lou Torres here:

    “Lou Torres, Public Affairs Specialist for ODOT, said ultimately the entities agreed that safety was the No. 1 concern, and the cameras would be allowed to remain in place.

    ‘In this case, the city of Salem felt the cameras were affecting the community in a positive way, and ODOT agrees,’ Torres said.”

    Query: does ODOT get a cut from the Redflex revenue, as happens in California and other states? If so, that might explain both this, and why ODOT looked the other way after they “accidentally” deleted the traffic signal control software at one of the camera intersections in Sherwood, causing the timing to be extremely erratic (and rack up violations).


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