Thursday, February 10, 2011

Anonymous website brings red-light camera debate to pathetic new low

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge The debate over red-light cameras is getting downright catty.
  • The debate over red-light cameras is getting downright catty.

The ongoing pissing match between pro- and anti-red-light camera factions has a battleground in cyberspace. Wrongonred.com, a site set up by anti-camera advocate Matt Hay, advocates against the cameras, which is now getting some online competition from an anonymous group that has established Wrongonred.org, which, as you might guess, supports red-light-camera use.

Who is responsible for the copycat site is unclear. Our sister blog at the Riverfront Times reports that the site is registered anonymously. But the original Wrong On Red crew took a screen shot (pasted after the jump) apparently showing that American Traffic Solutions, a large producer of red-light cameras, linked to the new site on its Facebook page with a shot -- "Matt Hay and his

band of merrymen who believe lawbreakers are the victims would love

for you to go there!!!" -- at Hay and his supporters. This debate is quickly going from ugly to nasty.

ATS_Facebook_shot.jpg

The .org site isn't much, just three videos of people running

red lights, including a video of an Excelsior Springs crash that Plog

posted last month. It also has a banner rotating mostly unsourced stats and figures

about red-light running and fatalities.

Hay told RFT that if a snarky Facebook post wasn't enough, further evidence suggesting ATS is behind the mock site is that the videos are all from

cities that have deals with ATS to operate cameras.

Of course, using videos of cars running red lights and

crashing seems like a very odd strategy for promoting their use. It's

almost anti-propaganda. Don't these videos simply show that even at

intersections with the cameras, drivers will still run red lights? If

the pro-camera stance is that red-light cameras prevent crashes,

wouldn't it be more effective to show drivers stopping at

camera-enforced red lights? Just saying.

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