Falls Church, VA Sneaks into the Deadly Camera Game

Falls Church City Council

Falls Church City Council

Like most cities that operate photo enforcement programs, Falls Church, Virginia doesn’t want the public to know what’s happening. Since August, the city has been holding quiet negotiations with private companies interested in setting up a red light camera program for profit. The first and only public mention of the city’s machinations appeared in a tiny mention today in the equally tiny Falls Church News-Press. It mentioned that the city council already approved a contract with American Traffic Solutions.

Falls Church is following in the footsteps of Fairfax City which held city council deliberations on red light cameras in secret before announcing their decision in an open meeting — at 1 a.m., long after the public had departed.

Why the secrecy, you might ask? Because Falls Church has had red light cameras before, and the results are documented. The city council knows its claims of “safety” have been debunked by no less an authority than the Virginia Department of Transportation. It found in Falls Church:

  • A 136% increase in rear-end collisions
  • A 79% increase in injury accidents
  • Overall, accidents increased 38%

See the results yourself.

If residents knew what was happening, they would be outraged. Despite the phony surveys cooked up by the ticket profiteers,  politicans realize that they can only get away with the scam while the public isn’t watching. No photo enforcement program has ever survived a public referendum.

So let Falls Church know what you think. Contact information is provided after the jump. The city memo for the contract is available here: Falls Church Contract memo

Robin S. Gardner
Mayor
1305 Ellison Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-534-8644
rgardner@fallschurchva.gov

Harold (Hal) Lippman, Ph. D.
Vice Mayor
505 East Columbia Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-237-9089
hlippman@fallschurchva.gov

Bader Baroukh Nader Baroukh
Council Member
243 Gundry Drive
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-992-9433
nbaroukh@fallschurchva.gov

Daniel K. Maller (VOTED NO on Scameras)
Council Member
308 Walnut Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-731-8433
dmaller@fallschurchva.gov

David F. Snyder
Council Member
116 Great Falls Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-241-0419
dsnyder@fallschurchva.gov

Daniel X. Sze
Council Member
313 Pennsylvania Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-538-5986
dansze@fallschurchva.gov

Lawrence Webb
Council Member
401 N. Maple Ave. #104
Falls Church, VA 22046
(h) 703-532-1043
lwebb@fallschurchva.gov

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4 Responses to Falls Church, VA Sneaks into the Deadly Camera Game

  1. […] Falls Church votes to allow Red Light Cameras By bryanault The city of Falls Church recently voted to allow photo red light enforcement. The details can be found on DC CameraFRAUD’s blog at https://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/falls-church-va-sneaks-into-the-deadly-camera-game/ […]

  2. Brenda says:

    You should e-mail community group email lists. This is outrageous. Actually I almost had an accident one time because I was afraid that if I entered the intersection at a yellow light that by the time I was in the intersection it would turn red and snap my picture. I almost got rear ended for stopping so suddenly.

  3. Richard Baker says:

    These red light cameras raise revenue, but they cause people to get rear ended. We don’t need any more accidents.

  4. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    this is a great thing for Falls Church…. they get improved safety on their streets and a little extra income for the coffers to boot!!!

    brenda…. seriously honey… if you cant handle driving you should find other means of transportation…. may i suggest a bike!!!

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