Leyden bill group attacks red light cameras as wasteful, corrupt tools
Leyden High School delegates Alex Chaidez and Gabriela Gryc decided to propose a bill to remove “red light” cameras at stoplights because, in the words of the sponsors, the cameras are “wasteful.”
“People have been complaining about red light cameras being corrupt tools just for government money,” said Gryc, House sponsor.
Gryc admitted that there are other ways to catch people running red lights, including “maybe even [with] cops just standing out there.”
She claims that this will provide more job opportunities and will prevent a misreading of what actually happened at the intersection.
When asked about this proposal, Zachary Giles from Faith Lutheran High School remarked, “I think [the camera] could cause accidents where someone behind you thinks you are going to cross the light, and when you don’t, they rear-end you.” Giles expressed his support for the legislation.
Andrew Herrera concurred.
“In the event of having to stop at a yellow light that suddenly changes to red, you are already part way over the line, so once you cross that line you get that picture taken. You don’t run a red light, you just have bad luck,” said Herrera.
Mary Allison Mahacek of Waubonsie Valley High School disagreed.
“I think they are a very great resource because I know a lot of people get into accidents when they run red lights, and that’s kind of careless because you’re not only putting your own life in danger; you’re also putting other people’s lives in danger,” she said.
(written by Gabby Spapperi and Franca Lolos, Lake Park)