Red Light Cameras Redux

The latest bubble in our bong water is hilarious.

The past couple of weeks Kansas City switched over traffic lights at 30-odd intersections to a steady blinking red, then added 4-way stop signs to the mix.

You would have thought the Russians had invaded.

Though to be “fair”, the majority of the ruckus centers not necessarily around what the city did, but how they did it. 1

Now, under the guise of transparency and, ya know, democracy, the city council (in conjunction with the public works department) will extend the program because they’re incompetent pussies in order to “study” the probable effects.

We can tell you the outcome right now: people will continue to remain people.

That is, the fine folk who normally stop for traffic lights will continue to stop at the 4-way signs. The scum who routinely endanger lives by blowing through traffic signals will take the same approach to the signage.

What the city council will ‘discover’ is that the public works department undoubtedly misinterpreted federal regulations at a small number of intersections that just incidentally coincide with the populace complaining the loudest. A few adjustments will take place and life as we know it will continue.

But wouldn’t this be a good time to extend our surveillance society? Just add the ‘red light’ cameras to these new 4-way intersections.

Think of all the free cash the city could pull in lives the city might save.

We’d be very surprised if the city council doesn’t recommend just that.

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  1. If, indeed, the city even knew about the initiative and this wasn’t just something a couple of stoners at the public works department dreamt up and implemented unilaterally, forgetting (stoners!) to even memo their department head.

2 Replies to “Red Light Cameras Redux”

  1. As I wrote on my blog (which no one reads anymore), what’s really hilarious about this is that the people complaining about the removal of the stoplights don’t use stoplights. I work downtown and commute right through the urban core every day. I’ve never seen a pedestrian waiting at the corner for a light to turn green. No, they just wander right out into the middle of the fucking street like it’s a goddamn park with no regard for oncoming traffic. Why waste money on stoplights in areas where they are completely ignored?

    1. I’ve never seen a pedestrian waiting at the corner for a light to turn green. No, they just wander right out into the middle of the fucking street like it’s a goddamn park with no regard for oncoming traffic.

      To my mind that should make them, legally, fair game.

      Thor knows it would improve the gene pool…

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