FACT CHECKING AMID MORE KANSAS CITY RED LIGHT CAMERA PUSH BACK!!!
Kansas City coffers are HURTING without cash from red light cameras so the debate in this town has been muted by mainstream media.
However . . . Other news outlets are more inclined to continue the discussion.
Letter To The Editor Post Dispatch: Police chiefs misrepresent facts about red-light cameras
The claim that Kansas City has had a significantly increased number of violations since the systems were shut down is just as empty. The camera chiefs fail to mention that KCPD’s own January 2012 study found the overall number of accidents increased 29 percent in the lanes monitored by cameras. Rear-end accidents increased 17 percent. When this study by the KCPD was released, the City Council scrambled to have the impartial study revised by the traffic camera vendor American Traffic Solutions, which released it some months later. It did not include the raw statistical data and magically summarized that despite increased accidents, “red light cameras save lives.”
What's more troubling to TKC is that we had politicos and some members of law enforcement swear up and down and testify that the cameras were legal but according to Missouri Courts that testimony was incorrect . . . Of course, laws change but the overwhelmingly negative public reaction to Kansas City spy tech seems proven correct.