Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Central Florida took to the streets on December 7th with local activist group “Ban the Cams” to bring awareness about the dangers and unlawfulness of red light cameras in the UCF area. Prominent local activists Mark Schmidter, Henry Bentley, and Ban the Cams members were there to help out YAL with the protest. The YAL and Ban the Cams members handed out literature citing The US Department of Transportation’s DOT study about assessing safety of red light cameras.
In the study, the US Department of Transportation found that individuals were slowing down after red light cameras were put into place. This created a problem for the state governments, because when individuals recognized the red light cameras they adjusted, so no accidents or traffic laws violations happened. This reduced the revenue state governments gained from the red light camera programs. In order to combat the “problem,” the state governments shortened yellow lights by 1.5 seconds and created traffic crashes and violations that would help the state governments gain revenue. Governments intentionally making driving more hazardous by the shortening yellow lights is questionably legal (for now).
By handing out this literature on red light cameras, Young Americans for Liberty at the UCF opened the public’s eyes to the true nature of government. The red light camera program shows that government does not care about its citizens, only the money it steals from them. The more the government can steal, the greater government’s power will expand.