Hundreds of millions of American dollars have been funneled to Redflex (with its Australian shareholders) and stagnant local governments. This is money that would have been spent at local businesses, which create jobs. Consumers also avoid areas with the cameras.
Residents of Heath, Ohio and surrounding areas responded to photo enforcement by boycotting local businesses and eventually voting out photo enforcement and the city council members responsible for the implementation of it. You can read their responses to the cameras at the link below:http://files.meetup.com/1275333/Photo...
Duane Goodwin, who helped put the referendum on the city ballot, cited Redflex traffic counts that showed 58,754 fewer automobiles had traveled on camera-monitored roads -- a 27 percent decrease in traffic -- as a result of out-of-town motorists avoiding the cameras by shopping elsewhere.
"Our little town revolves around business," Goodwin said. "It's a crushing blow."
A survey of six national chain stores that operate in Heath as well as nearby Lancaster and Zanesville showed that Heath sales were off nearly 14 percent compared to a 2 to 3 percent drop in the other cities.
The city of Schaumburg, Illinois found itself in hot water when locals and out of towners vowed to stop shopping at the Woodfield Mall unless the right turn camera was turned off. The village stopped monitoring right turns at the intersection in January.
Loma Linda, California Councilman Rhodes "Dusty" Rigsby urged his fellow council members this past week to cancel the city's contract with Red flex Traffic Systems. He said the $450 fines imposed on violators since the cameras were installed in January 2006 have generated $12 million in revenue for the courts and the city, "Is $12 million drained out of the economy of Loma Linda and our visitors worth the aggregate accident reductions that we saw?"
Councilman Ovidiu Popescu echoed Rigsby's sentiments
"I have heard it over and over again: 'I no longer like coming to Loma Linda because of the red-light cameras,' " Popescu said. "There are people who stopped going to the doctor in Loma Linda because of red-light cameras. There are people who avoid certain streets and go to other streets, cause more problems, because of red-light cameras." http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/st...
Think the cameras aren’t hurting your local businesses - think again.
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