Being a Missouri City resident who spends a significant amount of time driving in Sugar Land, I would hope that H. Van Der Grinten’s concern about red light cameras be focused on safe defensive driving habits rather than the purpose he perceives for those cameras existence. Frankly, I could care less why Sugar Land has chosen to install these cameras at designated intersections because I typically make every effort to obey the law.
Have I made a rolling turn on red or run a red light while driving. Yes I have and I have even received warnings or citations for those actions which I paid because I was guilty of the offense. But my intent is to drive safely in accordance with applicable traffic laws and red light cameras are not a deterrent to that intent.
Running a red light and rolling through a right turn on red are both illegal, whether a police officer, camera or private citizen witness such action or not. The purpose of a yellow light is to forewarn drivers of an impending red light and to stop unless conditions make that dangerous. Yellow lights are not intended to be lengthy enough to allow a driver to speed up to beat the red light.
I have yet to ever come across an intersection with insufficient time to either safely stop on the yellow signal or be able to traverse the intersection while still yellow for individuals driving the posted speed limit.
The roads would be far safer for every single driver on the road if people were more concerned with traffic laws and obeying such laws accordingly than what we have today which is a me first I can drive however I want mentality as long as I can beat the other vehicles to wherever I want to go.
Missouri City Resident