I’m trying to remain slightly pissed about the increasing presence of 24-hour photographic traffic enforcement because 1.) I don’t trust the technology not to screw me and 2.) the whole thing seems a bit Orwellian to me.
Now, I discover the quaint little town of Jonesborough is planning to jump on the bandwagon?
Yep. The Times-News reports the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved on first reading Monday an ordinance for a traffic control photographic system on at least one traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. Highway 11-E and Boone Street.
According to Town Administrator Bob Browning, the device will determine how many vehicles may be violating traffic regulations by running red lights and speeding through intersections.
Another comment worth pulling: Browning says “A digital video system is installed that tracks speed and motorists that run through red lights. A digital signal is transmitted along with something like a violation alarm, and the monitoring station reads the license number, copies the videotape and actually issues the citation. They have to provide the documentation necessary in court to prove the violation occurred.”
You know, I’ve gotta tell ya’ll – with every city, town, and slightly populated area with an intersection making kissy-faces at Redflex, my rebellious streak has gotten worn down. Let’s face it. Robo-Smokey is the unstoppable wave of the future.
Therefore, I should just accept things as they are and have faith that the amber cycle isn’t shortened or the radars mis-calibrated. Seriously, what other options do I have? Illegal counter-technology? Secretly buying a second car, leaving it unregistered/untagged, hiring local race car driver, Mark Catron, to disguise himself as an ugly woman and speed through electronically-enforced areas while I hang from the trunk (in a $15 task-appropriate mask) giving Big Brother a middle-fingered salute?
I mean not that I’ve given this a lot of thought or anything.