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Bill Kroske, the vice president of business development at American Traffic Solutions, posed as a Spokane local on The Spokesman-Review website in an attempt to promote his company's products

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By ssobol on 5/24/2011 11:53:19 AM , Rating: 5
One thing that is not mentioned when discussing traffic cameras is the effect of the flash at night. In FL (notably Miami) there are a fair number of traffic cameras. When they trigger at night there is a bright flash from the strobe when they take photos. I find these fairly distracting. Sometimes the flash is in front of you (traffic going in the opposite direction) but can also be to the side or behind you. Even if you don't directly view the flash (e.g. ahead of you), a flash the catches the corner of your eye can cause you to reflexively look away from the road to see what's going on. This could lead to an accident.

I wonder if anyone has sued a camera manufacturer or municipal government because of this.

RE: camera flash
By SunTzu on 5/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: camera flash
By adiposity on 5/24/2011 4:18:03 PM , Rating: 3
Being in the wrong is a totally different issue than increased risk of accident.

For example, if I make crosswalks less clearly marked and there are more pedestrians injured, people who hit pedestrians are still in the wrong. It still might be a bad idea to do that.

Having someone to blame is not the only goal worth pursuing.

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