Majority of Residents Support Red Light Safety Cameras

Sixty-seven percent of registered voters polled support the bill the CT General Assembly will soon vote on, according to a survey conducted by The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR).

The majority of Connecticut's registered voters — 68 percent — support the use of red light safety cameras on busy streets, according to survey results released last week by The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). And when informed that state legislators will soon vote on the issue, 67 percent of those polled surveyed maintained their support.

The survey also found that 70 percent of voters sampled (half of the total voters polled) felt that other drivers are more careful when they know red light safety cameras are present.

The bill already has support from Gov. Dannel Malloy, according to the Stamford Advocate. Rep. Tony Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill said that drivers caught on camera would face a proposed fine as high as $75 if the bill passes.

“We are pleased to see that Connecticut voters understand the need for red light safety cameras and want to see legislation passed allowing for this proven life-saving technology," David Kelly, NCSR’s President and Executive Director, and former acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in a statement.

Following coverage of the proposed legislation , Kelly to Fairfield Patch defending the idea that red light safety cameras .

Tom Falconieri February 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM
And when informed that state legislators will soon vote on the issue, 67 percent of those polled surveyed maintained their support. UNTIL THEY GET TICKETS FROM THE SPED UP YELLOW TO RED TIMING. Another Fell good thing for the liberals. The system is rigged and the Governor wants MORE MONEY FOR HIS UNION BUDDIES. SCAM SCAM SCAM r
Thomas Soukup February 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Notice the name, "Red Light Safety Cameras". The moniker should be "Red Light Revenue Cameras" Most folks don't wake up in the morning and say I wonder how many red lights can I run today. In reality blowing through a red light is caused by distractions, cell phones, looking for a parking spot, trying to read a street address, watching out for pedestrians...and so on. These cameras no doubt will catch you in the act, but they don't actually prevent the act itself. Likewise,they do nothing to prevent an ensuing accident, so I don't believe the statistics on accident prevention. If the state gives it a warm fuzzy feel good name, the people will buy it. They know they are marketing to a bunch of sheep, sorry to say. Give me a real cop any day.
Leoj February 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
George Orwell saw it coming.
Thomas Soukup February 29, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Here in rural Ridgefield I'll bet there are at least 100 stop signs for every one stoplight. Stoplights for the most part are reserved for heavy downtown areas or busy intersections. I question ,however, that one is less important than the other if it happens that a truck blows by a STOP SIGN and slams into a school bus! If safety is the real issue, than why not have a Safety Camera in place of every stop sign? Why, because the issuse is revenue, not safety. The town could not afford these so called Safety Cameras with the limited volume of traffic on these back roads. Even on Main Street, I question their need at the slow congested pace we are forced to travel. It seems to me that Ridgefield and the State of Ct. could put our tax money to better use. They can start by fixing the potholes.
Thomas Soukup February 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Right Leoj : Just a little later than we all expected.
Cal March 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The study was probably funded by the nice folks who sell and share the profits from the camera systems. Thomas and Leoj are right: We've been sold out by the pols in Hartford so a few more bucks can go to prop up the untenable state budget for a little longer. The assault on our civil liberty and freedom is constant...
Thomas Soukup March 01, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The survey question was most likely phrased: "Do you favor safer highway intersections "
Patrick K December 15, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The "National Coalition for Safer Roads" is a fake "safety" organization financed entirely by a for-profit red light camera company: http://www.pitch.com/plog/archives/2011/03/16/ads-for-red-light-cameras-have-familiar-backers
Thomas Soukup December 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
So where are the 68 % among these posts who favor these "safety" cameras ?


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