IhosvaniRodriguez video: Red light camera in Hallandale Beach has some seeing red.
This is the video accompanying South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Ihosvani Rodriguez's story of more than two years ago. Uploaded July 8, 2010. http://youtu.be/0wl8xGKzfTU
I was first informed of the existence of this very-thorough report on Friday evening by Hallandale Beach civic activist Etty Sims, whose common sense, hard work and dedication to this community continues to manifest itself in all sorts of tangible ways that improve the quality of life in this city.
I guess I don't have to tell you that I read it with very mixed emotions.
Pleased that its results and conclusion largely support what I and many other citizens in this community said two years ago -that Mayor Joy Cooper's efforts from the very beginning were contrary to good public policy, given that her real desire all along was increased revenue to the city, NOT increased public safety.
This point was first proven when the city refused to place the first one or the second one or...
at the places in this city where there was consensus that genuine safety problems existed.
Nope, they placed them where they could get the number$ they wanted that would make .
American Traffic Solutions happy.
As I said just a few weeks ago, that's precisely why ATS and its related entities have given the full amount they could to Mayor Cooper's re-election campaign coffers, shortly after she wrote
this for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
since she's running on November 6th against the one person on the HB City Commission who was honest enough and smart enough to see thru her pretense and artifice and vote NO, Keith London.
But while I was happy to see my points from two years ago correct all over again, I was disappointed that common sense was such a big loser in the first place two years ago, and that so many people in this community were willing to look the other way in order to get into or stay in the good graces of our thin-skinned and voluble mayor.
But here, like in many cities, there are always people want to be the mayor's buddies and apologists, and we certainly have more than our fair share in this city of under 40,000, including some former friends of mine.
Given the mayor's forceful personality but lackluster record, it's hardly surprising that so many of the butt-kissers and apologists for City Hall here are women, too.
As you can see for yourself, when you pop this URL, you will see the official HB graphics on the front page, too!
Despite a reduction in red light running crashes at the one intersection, this analysis has shown that the use of automated for-profit law enforcement devices has not increased the safety for the motoring public in the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida. To the contrary, from a safety perspective, the number of crashes for both intersections where it has been placed in
use have increased, with significant increases at one intersection. There were no fatal crashes.A review of extended data for one intersection showed the same red light running crashreduction from 2008-2009 with no device use.
Read the rest of the report at:
And who, using actual facts, has been proven wrong not only on the facts, but on the policy?
Mayor Joy Cooper and her past and current Rubber Stamp Crew of Dotty Ross, Bill Julian, Anthony A. Sanders and Alexander Lewy, and Police Chiefs Magill and Fluornoy.
And the Florida League of Cities and American Traffic Solutions...
The most recent posts of mine on the subject of red-light cameras in Hallandale Beach are here for your perusal. But there are earlier ones not listed here, so keep that in mind: