For the better part of two years, I have engaged ten different county supervisors, both past and present in a dialogue concerning the Big Brother, revenue-enhancing, unconstitutional, red-light traffic cameras at the Rio Road / Route 29 intersection. Like a holy mantra, these supervisors all chanted the same message: Cameras enhance our driving safety. These ten allegedly selfless servants of the people cloak themselves in the noble cape of “safety.” Strange, thought I. I had submitted for their consideration, document after document—all accredited reports from our country and the world over, including two from the Virginia Department of Transportation. All of these reports reached the same conclusion: red-light surveillance cameras increased the number of accidents and injuries. Decreased safety. Increased danger.
Thus far, these allegedly selfless supervisors have dismissed all empirical fact and evidence submitted, not to mention my hard work. An inconvenient truth trumped by the lust for money and control. Now, the icing on the cake: A recently received document produced by the Albemarle County Police Department in response to a Freedom of Information Request, conclusively shows the traffic cameras to be injurious to the welfare of our people (see chart below).
At the Rio Road/Route 29 intersection, over a three-year period following installation of red light surveillance cameras, crashes resulting in injuries DOUBLED: from four to eight. Injuries to drivers TRIPLED. Injuries to passengers more than DOUBLED. Increased danger. Decreased safety.
In light of the prima facie evidence countermanding Albemarle County government’s claims of red-light surveillance camera safety benefits, can it be said that these elected public servants truly champion the people? Or are they actually caretakers of a corrupt system that has its own secret agenda: in this case, money, power and control.