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Traffic cams voted down again in Canton
Cameras stopped for second time since 2009

Tim Rudell

Traffic ticket cameras got another thumbs down from city council in Canton.  A vote at Monday night’s council meeting was the second on camera enforcement in three years.  One at the end of 2009 also came out “no.”

In both cases the proposals were brought by Canton Mayor William Healy.  In 2009 he stressed public safety in pushing for a deal with an Australian-based contractor that would install and run the cameras.  This time he said safety is still an issue, but revenue the program could generate for the city--up to a million dollars he said—would be critical in the face of a city budget shortfall forecast to approach 4-million dollars in 2013. 

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“For all those members of council that were not wanting to support this, I ask this question: do you have any other proposals that will generate revenue for us? And if you do, we need them now.”

Council voted 7-to-5 against the deal.  Major criticisms were that:  it would be “out-sourcing” to a foreign company; would be a form of government surveillance; and be a violation of rights to privacy and due process.
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Traffic cameras are just another form of Policing for Profit as Capitalism distorts our Justice System. These companies are bottom-feeders and take a 40% cut of the tickets while creating MORE dangerous intersections by fixing the lengths of yellow lights to entrap drivers. You can read about how private companies and crooked politicians have turned our Police forces on their ear in every attempt to squeeze money out of the general public at

Posted by: Brandt Hardin (United States) on September 18, 2012 7:09AM
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