Since the introduction of red light cameras in this state, municipalities have been shortening the length of yellow lights in order to catch more offenders running red lights and thereby raise revenue. This raises safety concerns along with questions about the constitutionality of these cameras.
The National Motorists Association has weighed in on the issue of yellow light lengths. Newton's Laws of Motion require lengths that range from 4.8 seconds at 25 MPH to 10.0 seconds at 65 MPH. They claim that anything less should be illegal, as it's setting drivers up for failure.
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Mike Carter, former Red-Light-Camera Judge and candidate for Missouri Lt. Governor, has been a long-time vocal opponent of red light cameras, and applauds the House's approval of this bill. "There has been a trend in government lately to move away from citizen's rights and safety while putting more focus on raising revenue. I'm glad to see that the Missouri House is standing up for the citizens on this issue."
Banning red light cameras is one of the primary focuses of Carter's campaign, as he knows that the powers of the office are extremely limited. "I know that the Lt. Governor's duties are mostly that of a figurehead, but that doesn't mean that I can't use the position to exert influence on issues that matter. The encroachment of government into every aspect of our lives has been running rampant over the last several years, and red light cameras are just one example of that."
The changes made to the bill by the House still have to be approved by the Senate. Opponents of the bill say that implementing it will be costly. The Missouri city of Arnold implemented this formula for their yellow light timings, there was a ninety percent reduction in red light tickets.
Carter is an Independent-
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