Weatherford Democrat

Obituaries

February 27, 2014

Red-light cameras click less as towns get Orwell off roads

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The controversy exemplifies the tension in local governments between protecting public safety within the limits of financial resources and residents' tolerance. It can be a difficult balance.

Brick Township, which in 2010 became one of New Jersey's first municipalities to install cameras, shut them down Feb. 17, after generating 74,000 tickets. The treasury of the seaside town collected $800,000 in fines last year alone.

"It's wrong to try to balance a budget on ill-gotten gains from a program that's premised on safety," said Mayor John Ducey, adding that police data showed crashes actually increased in the community of 75,000.

"I can find other ways to have some savings and bring in revenue," Ducey said.

Supporters say cameras promote safety and allow police money and time to fight serious crime. In St. Louis, which is appealing this month's ruling, the force has shrunk about one- third in the past 15 years, said Chief Sam Dotson. The city has cameras at 35 intersections.

"I just don't have the resources to be able to focus on traffic enforcement like we used to," Dotson said, adding that the system has "reduced accidents, kept people safe and allowed me to focus on crime reduction and not traffic enforcement."

Chicago, which carries the largest per-capita debt load among the 25 largest U.S. cities, has reaped more than $300 million since 2003 from cameras at 190 intersections. New York will expand its program as part of a plan to reduce speed in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Feb. 20.

The Insurance Institute issued a report in 2011 showing that large cities with longstanding camera systems reported 24 percent fewer crashes from running red lights. In 2012, 683 people were killed and an estimated 133,000 were injured in such crashes, according to the organization.

Cameras lose support when programs give the impression that the main goal is to generate revenue, said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the institute. Communities must clearly communicate that devices are being installed at intersections with a history of crashes, he said.

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Obituaries
  • Braxton Paige Caner Braxton Paige Caner

    Braxton Paige Caner was born on Monday, March 8, 1999, in Denver, Colorado. He was the oldest of two children of Dr. Ergun and Jill Caner, and the big brother to Drake Ergun Caner, age 9. His life ended suddenly and tragically on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

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  • William (Bill) Frederick Schroeder, II William (Bill) Frederick Schroeder, II

    William (Bill) Frederick Schroeder, II, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Weatherford. Bill was born May 7, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Gilbert and Marion Schroeder.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bronson Beardmore Bronson Gerrann Beardmore

    Bronson Gerrann Beardmore, age 91, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Weatherford. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dorothea A. Hampton Dorothea A. Hampton

    Dorothea A. Hampton, 75, graduated with honors from life here on earth Sunday, July 27, following a brief illness.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Will Albert Hyatt Will Albert Hyatt

    Will Albert Hyatt passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Weatherford, at the age of 82.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joyce Mae Brown

    Joyce Mae Brown, 82, died Friday, July 25, 2014.

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  • Deanna M. Baker

    GRANBURY — Deanna M. Baker, 39, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Granbury.

    July 28, 2014

  • W.L. (Bud) Barber W.L. (Bud) Barber

    Winburn Lee Barber, of the Greenwood community, passed from this life on Thursday, July 24, 2014. He was born and died in a Parker County farmhouse – 100 years, four months and 15 days apart.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tylea-Marisol Grace Moore Tylea-Marisol Grace Moore

    WEATHERFORD — Tylea-Marisol Grace Moore, one year old, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bernice Sipe Bernice Sipe

    WEATHERFORD — Bernice Sipe, 87, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

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