A local news story on March 16 about red-light cameras in Aurora, Colorado, provided some unintended irony (video below).
A reporter from KMHG told the viewing audience how the Aurora City Council voted unanimously to extend its red-light camera program with Xerox, which manufactures the cameras, through Summer 2017.
The Aurora police are considering adding red-light cameras to more intersections, as the program brought in $3 million in 2015.
During the news report, Aurora Police Lt. Michael McClellan stood at an intersection and told KMHG, "Running a red light is against the law. Going right on red without coming to a full and complete stop is against the law."
At that moment, a police car crossed the intersection against a green light, which means the squad car very likely ran a red light.
"The [red-light camera] system holds people accountable for breaking that law," McClellan added.
According to a report by The Newspaper, five red-light camera companies hired a PR firm to create the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running to push for red-light cameras. Part of the campaign was searching for accident victims to create a "Survivor Advocate Network."
The campaign reportedly wrote on its website: "[The lobbying firm] will work with these individuals to prepare, assist and even 'coach' them for advocacy involvement if desired."
"Some of the activities in which survivor advocates can choose to participate are: writing letters to legislators; testifying before state legislative committees; speaking to news reporters on the phone; writing letters to the editors of local papers; serving as a spokesperson at media events; and working with other survivor advocates throughout the country.
Red-light cameras are the "perfect pitch to cash-strapped local governments: Make millions of dollars each year while making your streets safer," The Sacramento Bee said in a 2014 editorial.
A report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration found that there were some reductions in crashes, no reductions, or different types of crashes in areas with red-light cameras, according to the Sacramento Bee.