Bach got only one sentence in the story, but it’s still worthy of today’s Quote of the Day.
“The red light cameras have not demonstrated that they result in a material decrease in property damage and bodily injury,” Bach told the Wall Street Journal.
Last month, the Police Department announced that it was getting rid of the red-light cameras despite hailing them a week earlier as a high-tech way to make the city’s streets safer.
Fines collected from red-light runners cover the $5,200 it costs every month to use the equipment.
But interim Police Chief Pete Carey said the cost of employing two officers to review the photos and a half-time sergeant’s position to supervise was too expensive.
“That’s over $200,000 for that program that we hopefully will put it in a more urgent need area,” Carey said. “Right now, there’s lot of issues downtown. If I had 2½ officers I could plug into some downtown problems, it would be highly, highly beneficial for everybody.”
Carey said “public opinion” also factored into the decision.