May 2, 2014|
Tommy talks to John Bowman, the Communications Director for the National Motorists Association, about speed cameras and traffic cameras
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I Tommy Tucker -- WL David Blake -- newsman had no idea of putting the governor in the car to keep people from speeding. I don't know. 400000. Courses of treatment in addition we've received approximately a 140000. Courses from the federal government. We have now I've directed you know and. Clip of Bobby Jindal IIPA. Because we're pressed for time he's not talking fast. That's this Lois the man has ever spoken and that's the one clip by John Bowman joins us right now who is. Not a big fan of traffic cameras are you John. There are really not. Our our goodies that -- communications director for the national motors association. And unlike. 99% of the time I'm with you about traffic cameras we get this law that the governor's waiting this time. And it would prohibit speed cameras on the interstate and end that my promises. From IC people driving so fast and I got a text and somebody's Manning -- day. A fast car being engine and it would almost like cameras to protect them from themselves and my only thing is if you're gonna have traffic cameras. I think they might do a little bit better if there was plenty of warning talent people if you go over eighty and get a ticket. Between here and here. -- -- have -- him in his place where -- -- 45 and a 35 Indians take. Well I do think that public awareness Tommy is a big deal on something like that mean in order for any type of you know traffic enforcement to be effective people have to know that there and happy paying attention to it. So certainly you know to setting up. Cameras in and out of the way places there or not providing warning to drivers is really defeating the purpose of the cameras and that that's -- -- -- Our global wait are they defeating the purpose of the cameras because -- whole idea of the cameras if your premise is not to make money. Is slow people down if you give them ample warning luck. There are traffic cameras here if you go over eighty you will get a ticket. Timmy you gotta tell people exactly was gonna happen and that would slow them down. Yeah that that does certainly help and and if that is the goal of the cameras span you know when these laws are passed. Typically -- to have. Warnings in place and an adequate signage and things like that that that gives the motorists some warning of what's going on in and helps people prepare for what's coming up. Long term though. They and you look at the studies of speed cameras they they don't have much permanent -- certainly on the -- these these so they're they're not necessarily linked. To -- the trees. In accidents which is really what you're trying to do -- -- in only improve road safety. And you know of course there are other problems with cameras and these -- the things that. That we talked about in terms of not being fair to motorists. If if you wanna fight one of these tickets. How are you going to court and you know defend yourself against a camera as opposed to a live person. You may not even have been in the person driving the vehicle that -- yet you're the ones sitting there and hearings thing and it wasn't me. Now the site and change on an interstate -- tenement house thanks ago. Right right so aside from the debate over. Are these cameras about safety are they about revenues. You have this whole litany of due process and legal issues. That come into play that that makes the camera's sort of inherently unfair to begin with. And just wondered about a camera and general if you are. In the middle lane ending at two cars on sided view a year gone 190 when every -- can do I mean can even -- would even take a picture of. Well that's good question that and different -- systems work differently and values that. You know a lot of these systems work and radar essentially like you would be using a radar gun and a police officer holding it radar gun and a grouping of cars. Can't really pick out which car he's he's getting so there are 45 cars on the road you know who who really knows what the radars picking up. Got to John I appreciate your time I really do will -- deal more.