Friday, February 01, 2008

Effect of Speed Camera Enforcement—According to the IIHS Status Report: Speed

Updated: 22 NOV 08, 1351 EST

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) just released a special issue status report on speed, which 'promises' the 'positive' effects of speed cameras while ignoring its negative ones.

The overriding sentiment of their report is simply SPEED KILLS, and automated photo enforcement (red light cameras, speed on green, speed cameras) effectively reduces speeds and therefore promotes highway safety, slower drivers, and reduces collisions and fatalities. Sounds nobel (automated speed reductions), indeed, but...

This report ignores key societal implications (privacy concerns of red light cameras) and officially "green-lights" red light cameras and other automated enforcement technologies in the US, such as speed on green and speed cameras while ignoring a host of other larger contributing factors to these fatalities, the profit-motive behind the companies (mostly European) which promote their use in this country, the automotive manufacturers equipment safety improvements, roadway conditions, along with poor/reckless/careless driving behavior, and most-importantly the corrosive impact of the application of these emerging technologies have on our long-cherished civil liberties.

Nor does IIHS status report address the technical flaws (let alone the legal flaws) in these systems as they are currently deployed (described in the following three reports):

This report also sources France, a socialist society, which has not historically sponsored an individual citizen's Bill of Rights.

For those interested in reading more, please refer to the following article:

IIHS Status Report: Speed—Effect of Speed Camera Enforcement

If you are a US Citizen, not familiar with a pesky old-document—your bill of rights, may I suggest a refresher*?

At least we now know where the (for-profit) insurance industry stands on this issue.

If you are too young to remember WWII, can you say neo-fascism?

Since we're collectively living in a post 9/11 society, let us not forget these sacred words:

"Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."

Veil Guy

*Is the reason we are forgetting our country's Founding Fathers, because the Bill of Rights is fading**?

**Perhaps this is something made to order for Lou Dobbs (of CNN).

PS: I hear the faint whispers of George Orwell (author of Animal Farm and 1984), please let us let his soul rest in peace.

Update: 01 FEB 08, As Reported by Google News
Related Reading:

Do speed cameras actually increase accident/crash rates?

© 2008


Anonymous said...

You said it and said it well.
THE BILL OF RIGHTS is taking a beating and must be upheld, reinforced and protected. If not we will find ourselves in a situation from which the early founders of the USA sought escape.
I seriously doubt our elected Gov't representatives, senators, congrerssmen, others too, have studied this document or the intolerable existing conditions of the time past.
Why did the patriots wage war against the loyalist? A key was "taxation without representation" but there was more to it. FREEDOM OF Relegion,
Speech, CHIOCE!!! Limiting the Powers of the KING, more. Think about that.

Veil Guy said...

Indeed, my friend, I already have.

Veil Guy

Anonymous said...

Hey veil guy, I completely Agree. States continue to ignore that fact that DISTRACTIONS while driving such as cell phones and blasting music, and reckless driving are FAR more dangerous than slightly higher speeds. The founding fathers would be ashamed of this, and other things such as the patriot act that erode the liberties that make the USA the land of the free.