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(WTOP)   Maryland discovers that they can increase the $afety generated by red light cameras if they expand the net a bit. Potential new customers: people who didn't run a red light, people who might have thought about running a red light   ( divider line
    More: Stupid, Rockville, red light cameras, red lights, camera tickets, WTOP, Cameras Ticket  
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10997 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Feb 2013 at 12:35 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-11 12:47:57 PM  
3 votes:
Just a random trivia factoid for you photography types;

 Every red light camera design I know of does not have special or proprietary cameras inside. They use a standard professional DSLR linked into some special controller hardware through a tethering cable.

 The camera is currently a Nikon D3 or D3x with a either fast prime or a fast wide-mid zoom for low-light capture. I hear one company was using Canons; 1Dm3's and now m4's

 So yes, there is $6k+ of pro photo gear just sitting there in a box on a pole.

  Just sayin'
2013-02-11 12:02:31 PM  
3 votes:

xanadian: range

2013-02-11 12:47:02 PM  
2 votes:
2013-02-11 12:45:51 PM  
2 votes:
White / white with flecked paintballs + buddy in the car + paintball gun + driving below speed limit past known cameras = officials having to come out every week to clean of what appears to be bird turboshiatting on the lens.

Good times.
2013-02-11 12:39:35 PM  
2 votes:
I should invent a costumed crusader called the "Sentry Smasher" where I travel to small towns and townships, smash all the red light cameras in one night, and disappear.
2013-02-11 10:39:40 AM  
2 votes:
Send them a picture of your money.
2013-02-11 02:55:09 PM  
1 vote:

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Tricky Chicken: that you will not even recall the exact infraction.

If that's the key to your theory I seriously doubt your theory and reality are the same thing.

You seem to be relying on the idea that you won't really know why you're being punished and so you won't understand the punishment and it will have no effect. Like a dog being punished hours after pooping on the floor.

Fortunately, human beings have language. It allows us to connect past and present in a meaningful way. It seems unlikely that wouldn't apply in this scenario.

Thank you for considering that I may have come up with the theory of Operant Conditioning.  I assure you that I am No B. F. Skinner.  I agree that humans are better able to understand punishment for pooping on the floor hours after the fact.  But as a training tool, punishment weeks after an infraction is much less effective than immediate punishment.  I think that is the whole idea behind operant conditioning.

In this case, the fine is removed from the act and is more abstract.

Do you pay your taxes directly, or are they witheld from your paycheck?  Mine are witheld.  I think some people have to actually pay their taxes directly.  Since I pay taxes through witholding, I never really pay attention to how much I am paying until around now when I need to do my return.  At this point, it is just an exercise in mathematics.  Now, If I recieved ALL my earnings, and then had to turn around and write a check to the government each payday, the pain of the taxes would be more tangible.  I might not be so cavalier about my tax rate if I actually had to write a check.
2013-02-11 01:55:54 PM  
1 vote:

shaunmark: Yeah, she goes through the red light, with some speed, on a right turn. But you can clearly see from the intersection the lane in front of her has a leading green and is turning left. Therefore, there is no where else a car can be coming from to enter her lane.

No cars coming.  Nothing to worry about but pesky pedestrians getting caught in her wheel well.
2013-02-11 01:05:12 PM  
1 vote:

JohnnyBravo: I hate this state. That is all. If I could leave I would.

Don't go back. You'll just waste another year.
2013-02-11 12:58:24 PM  
1 vote:
I fail to understand why they do not increase yellow light times and put in a visible yellow timer.  I have no idea if this will increase safety, but I like to think it would.
2013-02-11 12:57:56 PM  
1 vote:
just install the progressive insuarnace snapshot. run a red light without hitting your brakes and your gold. slam on your brakes to avoid a kid dashing out in the're a dangerous driver.
2013-02-11 12:55:28 PM  
1 vote:
Well then, I guess if you're stuck somewhere between yellow and red, don't bother slamming on your brakes to stop for the light. Because you're getting a ticket one way or the other.

Basically encouraging people to continue running a red light should help with traffic $afety now shouldn't it?
2013-02-11 12:38:30 PM  
1 vote:
If they ever start using these cameras to ticket jaywalkers then I'm totally screwed.
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