Lots of cities are installing red-light cameras to snap pictures of cars in the intersection during a red light. The technology is that when the light turns red, the camera is activated and snaps a picture of the vehicle's front or rear while it's in the intersection. The resulting photo shows the vehicle clearly in the intersection with a red light in front of it, but the glass of the windows is black. The city then sends a picture-postcard to the record owner, or owners, of the vehicle, informing them that they have X days to pay a fine (usually 50 - 100) or appear in court to contest the charge. They are also informed that there will be no charge against them if they will give an affidavit identifying the driver (usually their kid). The city ordinance enacted to prohibit driving through a red light is passed as a civil matter - like trash on the sidewalk - so paying the fine doesn't result in points against the owner's license. On the other hand, the cities contend that the civil nature of the offense allows them to fine the owner(s) and not the unidentified driver, and that the car owners have zero due process rights. In my city, and I believe in others, too, the company that makes the camera gear has a deal where they drafted the ordinance for the city, they provide and install the equipment, and they get half the take on the fines. Also, in my city, the policy is that if somebody actually shows up to contest the ticket and demands a trial, the city dismisses the case. Also, if the car owner just blows the matter off, the city doesn't follow through on the threat of criminal prosecution, so the only people who have to pay are the ones who aren't prepared to fight back in the legal system. The icing on the cake is that these cameras aren't installed in high-accident intersections, they're installed in high VOLUME intersections. And the yellow lights are shortened by anywhere from 10 to 15 seconds to throw off the drivers' timing. On the other hand, pushing yellow is a dangerous practice and can result in some really nasty wrecks. So the question is: Do you think intersection cameras should be installed? Or not?