This story doesn’t implicate Bastrop and their use of red light cameras in scandal. It does, however, highlight the slippery ethical footing of red light cameras. At the end of the day, I see little evidence that red light cameras are anything but a tax. Municipalities will continue to claim safety is the principal reason for these cameras. Of course, politicians are known to lie through their teeth. The companies that profit from these cameras also claim that the majority of the public want such devices. This statistic is in stark contrast to the results where this matter has been put in the hands of the voters. Wikipedia states that where red light cameras have come to a vote, the initiative has been defeated 22 of 23 times. These results don’t indicate to me that the public is in favor of these invasive devices.
If you are interested in learning more about the Chicago red light camera scandal, I recommend visiting the Chicago Tribune site. They have an excellent series highlighting the problems when this type of money taints the political system. If you are interested in learning more about my perspective on the Bastrop cameras, I recommend reading my article here.