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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Accidents fall at Houston red-light camera intersections (AFTER the cameras are turned off)

Accidents fall at Houston red-light camera intersections (AFTER the cameras are turned off)
Houston Chronicle ^ | May 11, 2011 | JAMES PINKERTON

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 3:31:33 PM by a fool in paradise

In the five months after Houston voters forced city officials to turn off a camera surveillance system that fined motorists for running red lights, traffic accidents at those 50 intersections with 70 cameras have decreased 16 percent, according to recently released data.

The drop in accidents surprised Houston police administrators who say a possible explanation is the unusually dry weather during recent months has made driving conditions safer.

They also wonder if years of electronic monitoring have made Houstonians better, if not more cautious, drivers.

Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin said he had assumed accidents at those intersections were increasing since HPD is still receiving raw data from the camera vendor indicating motorists were running lights with much greater frequency at many intersections...

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Trump: Obama Re-election Will Lead to Second Crash

Trump: Obama Re-election Will Lead to Second Crash
Newsmax ^ | 05/11/11 | Jim Meyers

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:17:16 PM by pgkdan

Billionaire and potential presidential candidate Trump told a business gathering in New Hampshire that the 2012 presidential election will decide the economic fate of America and vows that if he runs and wins “this country will be great again.”

In an address carried live by Newsmax via streaming video on Wednesday, Trump warned that the re-election of President Obama would lead to a huge increase in taxes, called for an end to Obamacare, and said high oil prices will lead to a “second crash."
Editor’s Note: If you missed the live event of Donald Trump’s speech, you can watch a recording by clicking here.

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