I get a genuine chuckle out of self-proclaimed anti-government types citing Big Brother when discussing red light cameras. Why are they so selectively upset? After all, what could be more sinister and Orwellian than the stop light itself? A government installed electronic contraption dangling from a wire above our heads that has the temerity to control when we may, and may not proceed? Where are the pitchforks and outrage over such an intrusive and controlling traffic device?
I would honestly prefer something electronic that bleats loudly to indicate to drivers that they may now look up from their trance-inducing smart phones and commence forward movement when a light above them turns green. But – pending passage of a red-light camera bill in Hartford – I guess we’ll just have to settle for cameras that give tickets to the fiercely independent thinkers for whom red lights are merely a suggestion.