redlightcamera34.jpgTwo years of traffic data before and after the installation of red light cameras in Houston and as usual you can use them to paint any picture you want. Mayor White’s office proudly touts the decrease in accidents as a sure sign of success. Channel 2 points out several intersections where accidents rose dramatically after the cameras were installed. So what is the truth?

The truth is that 1) the time frame and number of accidents is much too small to give credence to any claims one way or the other. It is just not statistically significant enough. 2) it has never been about accidents. It has always been about income generation and about tracking the movement of the citizenry.

Next time you hear one side or the other spouting accident numbers, remember its all just a big distraction to stop you from paying attention to whats important.