(PRWEB) September 11, 2010
Denver, CO (Vocus) September 11, 2010 -- A recent undercover story by Denver television reporter Heidi Hemmat exposed radar vans of the Denver Police Department parked on curbs, sidewalks and grass in direct violation of city ordinance – and captured video footage of radar vans speeding and in one case, running a red light.
'Do as I say, not as I do.' Many Coloradans have expressed disapproval on the growing number of traffic cameras in use around the Denver metro area. They are also understandably upset when those who conduct such surveillance place themselves above the very laws they are sworn to uphold.
The upside is traffic cameras do in fact meet their goal of increasing traffic safety. The issue of law enforcement vehicles breaking traffic laws is an aside. A representative of the DPD informed Ms. Hemmat that "Traffic camera van drivers are expected to behave within the traffic laws" and "encourages people to report photo radar vans that break the law". The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has studied the issue and found that such camera enforcement has reduced the incidence of red light violations by as much as 96 percent in some communities. Injury accidents were reduced by an average of 30 percent.
Local car accident lawyer Scott O'Sullivan, who heads the litigation firm of O'Sullivan Law, believes this is a good thing. Although he has a reputation for going to the wall for his clients, he believes it is better when such injury accidents can be avoided. Some people may believe that the use of traffic cameras and radar vans are an invasion of privacy, the facts are that roadways are public facilities and driving is a privilege, not a right. Traffic cameras are a cost effective way to enforce traffic laws.
In short, it's worth having a little surveillance if that means safer streets and highways for everyone. That applies to both civilian vehicles and law enforcement vehicles, especially the vans with traffic cameras.
ABOUT O' SULLIVAN LAW:
Scott O'Sullivan, P.C., is a leading personal injury lawyer in the Denver Metro Area. A former insurance company attorney, Mr. O'Sullivan has spent the past eight years using his legal skills and knowledge toward protecting the rights of victims against insurance companies denying and reducing accident claims. The accident lawyers at O’Sullivan Law Firm take plaintiffs’ cases on a contingency basis, and have been able to get out-of-court settlements for 95% of their clients.