We have all heard the cliche, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But that is exactly the intent of Florida Rep. Frank Artiles and Sen. Jeff Brandes. A study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, requested by Brandes, found that red-light cameras reduced accidents at intersections equipped with them, by 19 percent, and fatalities by 49 percent, but with an increase in some rear-end and angle crashes.
But these two want to eliminate the cameras and implement “proven safety counter-measures.” Just what are these counter-measures, the conversion of all intersections to roundabouts? Forty-nine percent fewer deaths at intersections sound outstanding to me, even throwing in a 10-percent margin of error. Perhaps Artiles and Brandes failed all of their math courses and have also lost their common sense.
Charles E. Hannemann,