Traffic cameras do save lives
Eleven years ago, our daughter was killed when a man disregarded a red light and broadsided her car at an intersection. Following her death, we became passionate about improving traffic safety and have been working for almost a decade to educate road users on the safety benefits of traffic cameras – the same cameras the Tribune Chronicle editorial board would prefer to do away with (”Another tiff over traffic cameras,” Jan. 14). We’d like to take a moment to set the record straight.
The editorial board cites insufficient signage warning drivers of cameras as a reason to eliminate the camera program. Frankly, drivers should not need a sign hung above them to obey the speed limit or stop at red lights. These are not optional rules – they are the law. Whether a camera or a sign is present or not, drivers must stop or slow. If drives choose to disregard these basic traffic safety laws, they are putting themselves and others at risk and should be held accountable for their actions.
What’s more, cameras do not reduce police effectiveness as the editorial suggests. Instead, cameras empower local law enforcement with the tools they need to effectively monitor our roads. They enhance the ability of police departments to enforce critical traffic safety laws and free up police resources to attend to more pressing matters.
The fact is safety cameras save lives. Perhaps if they had been present at one Ohio intersection years ago, our daughter would still be with us today.
Paul and Sue Oberhasuer
Traffic Safety Coalition