Red Light Camera Obscura

South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.

As we all know from the past decade since it was implemented, the Vision Zero program to bring down traffic accidents and fatalities initiated by the abominable Mayor Bill de Blasio failed in its mission to do just that as more people got maimed and killed since it’s implementation as the years went on and exacerbated to new extreme numbers during the last two years of the pandemic. Well, look no further on why Vision Zero as well as enforcement and punitive charges traffic violations continue to fail New Yorkers with the condition of this red light traffic camera post; which has been violated with those obnoxiously ubiquitous Cash for Cars advertisements that are always illegally posted on traffic and electric utility poles all over the five boroughs.

 

It’s a pretty safe presumption that this thing is not operative and hasn’t been for quite some time since it’s actually facing the wrong way towards a mixed use apartment building and not at the busy free-for-all intersection of Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave. where it should be, where it would easily track every red light running double parking vehicle clogging up this vicinity on a daily basis…

 

Which the NYPD has also engaged and indulged in…

 

The re-affixing of this red light camera is clearly a worse offense than the annoying ads, for not only that it has made a perpetual daily car derby on Liberty more perilous, but it shows how extreme civil disobedience can be when the government and bureaucracy push people too far. It was not long ago when a gunslinger on a bicycle emptied his clip and shot up a red light camera in Woodhaven by Atlantic Ave. not long ago too. So traffic anarchy will continue in Little Guyana until the Department of Transportation stops worrying about a fringe minority of bike actorvists whining about childproofing bike lanes and actually gets serious about Vision Zero and restores vision to this zombie camera.

Update:

I was just informed by my comrade Queens Crapper that this traffic calming infrastructure device is actually a decoy. For there was another one that was plowed in Greenpoint by busy traffic arteries intersecting McGuinness Blvd and Meeker Ave. that was covered on the Crap blog nearly a decade ago.

Commenters on that post mentioned how the Department of Transportation decided to place these in the hopes that the dummy camera would reduce drivers temptation to beat the steady reds but were easy figured out, which is probably why the city didn’t even bother to maintain them. It’s a safe bet that camera is still standing in Greenpoint just as this Lefferts/Liberty decoy is still standing here today. Although it looks like some civil disobedient vanals in Little Guyana was unaware of the DOT’s ruse and had it reformatted like this to be on the “safe” side.

Anyway, it’s clear that with this little scheme the D.O.T has been running to trick reckless drivers that they are the dummies they always have been and still are. And now these useless inanimate sentinels are just more ugly street furniture to remain in perpetuity.

 

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