The Town Council will take up the Red Light Camera issue on Monday. Half of the Council seems squarely and enthusiastically in the pocket of the company that runs the system, in fact they recently held a "forum" in which several of this company's lobbyists were given the Town's bully pulpit to advocate for their client/sponsor, ACS.
Fortunately, Council Member Mark Kleinschmidt has petitioned the Council to return to due process for red-light runners. And the Chapel Hill News weighs in with an editorial in favor of eliminating the program:
There are numerous problems with the concept — technological flaws, incursions on privacy, conflict with state public records law — but the basic issue stems from introducing commercial, for-profit enterprise into a basic governmental law-enforcement responsibility.
I couldn't agree more. I have full confidence in the Chapel Hill Police Cheif's ability to adddress red light running and other criminal acts with the priority they are due. And his boss is the Town Council, so I know there will be accountability for his actions.
If you can't make it to the meeting on Monday night, you can always e-mail the Council and let them know what you think. They've obviously heard from a number of poeple who are paid to support the program, so it seems critical to let them hear some other perspectives.