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Monday, January 12, 2009

Red light camera challenge coming for Toledo

For those locals who are suffering under the ongoing fines imposed as a result of these abhorrent machines, relief may soon be on the way. A group called the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST). I previously wrote about traffic enforcement and automatic cameras here, and you could say my views haven't changed since then. You can see that post here.

Police departments around the country are still trotting out the tired old claim that cameras increase public safety. Toledo's chief Mike Navarre is no different. It's pretty funny how he didn't bother to give out any numbers. Probably because there is no proof whatsoever of those claims. If I was him I would probably say that too, given the massive amounts of cash the cameras rake in.

I'm glad there are people like COAST who are taking it upon themselves the challenge of combating this government abuse. Even though I am against all taxes, I could at least agree that additional taxes are bad and support them in this cause. These red light cameras are nothing but an additional tax imposed on the people by the Toledo city bosses. Undoubtedly, they will squander the money away on corruption and waste. One can only hope people will rise up against them and put an end to this blatant money grabbing.

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