Happy In Bag

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Red Light















Because I'm a subversively cautious driver, I've never worried about receiving a ticket from the unpopular red light cameras in Kansas City, Missouri. I must have missed the news of the recent installation of similar cameras in my neighborhood. While I don't drive recklessly, I'm still creeped out. Call me a crank, but this Orwellian lunacy is anything but "better than before."

6 Comments:

  • At 9:41 AM, Blogger Average Jane said…

    I have to resist the urge to flip off those cameras every time I see one.

     
  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger m.v. said…

    someone to have to pay for the P&L and all that, you should feel happy contributing

     
  • At 9:55 AM, Blogger smh said…

    I might be mistaken, but I believe the camera in the picture is not a red light camera. I am certain that it is just a traffic monitoring camera. These are at lots of intersections in lots of towns. They don't write tickets they just watch for accidents and tie-ups. Red light cameras are usually to the side of the intersection and larger, b/c they have a flash.

    The camera in the picture is the kind that catches you picking your nose at a red light. I don't think there is a fine for that...yet.

     
  • At 10:05 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Thanks for the clarification, SMH. I'm sure you're correct. But the notion that every two-bit intersection in P.V. needs to be monitored is even more ominous.

    That's just it, A.J.- the day could come when they haul you off for that.

    I suppose so, M.V.

     
  • At 11:04 AM, OpenID andrewzender said…

    Out here in Maryland they've got cameras that take radar; if you're speeding and it picks you up, you'll be temporarily blinded by a giant flash from the camera as it captures your vehicle, license plate and the surprised look on your face.

     
  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Ruralgurl said…

    Here in St.Louis the eyes are in the sky, too. Watch for the flash! BTW, the gov'ment doesn't put them in (here), a contractor installs and operates them. Much of the ticket goes to pay the contractor and upkeep. In the county they will come after you. If caught within STL city limits, you can just blow the ticket off when it comes in the mail. They have no enforcement policy beyond ticket issuance. And we know it.

     

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