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									By Ronnie Garrett

Red light /green light
Public outreach isn’t an option but a necessity for successful photo
enforcement initiatives

I    n the game Red Light/Green
     Light, the “it” person stands at
one end of the playing field with the
                                            always the case. In 2007, an esti-
                                            mated 900 people were killed and
                                            approximately 153,000 individuals
                                                                                      the public’s Constitutional rights.
                                                                                         The backlash has photo-enforced
                                                                                      communities taking a second look
other players at the other end. When        were injured in crashes involving red     at their systems, and has others
the “it” turns his back to the others       light running, reports the Insurance      backing off on plans to install them.
and calls out green light, players run      Institute for Highway Safety, a           Even some police officials have spo-
as fast as they can toward him. If          nonprofit organization dedicated to       ken out against photo enforcement.
the “it” calls out red light, the other     reducing losses from crashes on the          Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff
players must freeze in place. If yel-       nation’s highways.                        Joe Arpaio, for one, is not a fan of
low light is called, the players must          To beef up public safety and put       automated enforcement. Arpaio was
walk— not run — toward “it”. The            a stop to unsafe driving practices        one of the first to sign an Arizona
first player to reach “it” wins and         a new game has arisen. This game          Photo Radar Enforcement Ban
becomes “it” for the next round.            requires motorists to stop at red         Initiative that may appear on the
    A version of this popular chil-         lights or risk being photographed         state’s 2010 ballot. If this initiative
dren’s game plays out every day             and ticketed for their violations. It’s   passes, it will prohibit issuing cita-
on city streets. Motorists can go           a practice some say stops violators       tions for violations detected through
on green lights, must proceed with          in their tracks and saves lives, but      photo enforcement.
caution at yellow lights, and stop at       one that others fear violates privacy        This prospect makes Todd
red lights. Unfortunately this is not       and sets the stage to further erode       Kandaris, spokesman for

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CameraFRAUD, an organization                                                                                                    these systems and has had them                                                                            the public fully understands the
founded to lead the fight against                                                                                               foisted upon them by their local and                                                                      need, how they work and
automated ticketing, optimistic.                                                                                                state governments.”                                                                                       what they can do, the backlash
“Whenever a photo enforcement                                                                                                      But those living in communities                                                                        becomes nonexistent.
system has been voted on by the                                                                                                 with successful photo enforcement                                                                            “These systems are another tool
public, it has lost,” he says. “This                                                                                            programs, such as Naperville, Ill.,                                                                       to help law enforcement efficiently
shows the public does not want                                                                                                  beg to differ. They report that once                                                                      and effectively do things with lim-
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