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"But the most compelling speaker on the issue might have been former Florida Highway Patrol Officer Paul Henry, who told commissioners there was no change in the number of crashes before the cameras installed at the intersections and after the cameras were installed at the intersection within an 18-month time period."
Memo to Ms. Fiala:
If safety is your utmost concern, than data based decision making should be your guide. Please abandon the rhetoric: "I'm doing it for your safety, my safety and my kids' safety". It is now sounding like dribble from a feeble mind.
Stop encouraging technology that simply places a private corporation in the midst of government operations for enhanced revenue without any improvement in safety.
So Ms. Fiala, if you wish to increase safety by altering citizen behavior, may I focus your attention to recommend an officer at an intersection with a high incidence of accidents, because NOT all accidents at an intersection are related to red light running. And based on the officers testimony......
In government, safety is the gotcha term to diminish the alternative arguments from folks like me who like to read a peer review. So based on the testimony of a former Florida Highway Patrol Officer, all the arguments for safety and higher cost for officer surveillance were rebuffed.
Now, the government will need to find a new source of revenue to support the beast, that "protects" us. In reality, it protects government's need to grow and add to the fiefdoms.
Recommendation: Camera in the city manager/director/chief office and conference rooms as vendors provide their sales pitch as in crafting a specification written to purchase of a $400K rescue vessel. Interestingly, only one vendor?
Even the new members of Marco Island's council were duped into unanimously voting for that deal. And I had so much hope for the new council, but it vanished in a single day. Imagine $400K vessel for a rescue boat to patrol the waters surrounding Marco Island. I guess I was duped again!
Folks wake up, because we will have incidences, and those on the water will NOT be improved with the equipment specified by Marco Island rescue (typically under the recommendation of the vessel manufacturer). The greatest impact is time to the scene!!!!!!!! NOT how big your boat is or how much equipment it carries.
Good Morning Marco Island! Its time to wake up! Obviously new members of the county commission have!
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