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Support red light cameras, save lives

We are writing in response to the recent coverage of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s study of safety-camera programs across the country. This study reaffirms these cameras work to prevent crashes, change driver behavior, and save lives.

They saved 159 lives in the 14 cities where the cameras were used between 2004-08 — just imagine how many lives will be saved if the technology is used in every city across the country.

This topic is of particular importance to us because we lost our daughter, Sarah, when a man ran a red light and collided with her car. Our family, including her two children, lost a beloved family member after someone disregarded our most basic traffic-safety law: Red means stop. Sarah’s death has led us to partner with law enforcement, medical professionals, and safety advocates through the Traffic Safety Coalition to remind drivers that one small decision can have devastating effects.

The study concluded that more than 800 lives could be saved if every large city in the country implements traffic-safety cameras. If there is a law-enforcement tool that is proven to prevent tragedies like Sarah’s, why wouldn’t we use it? Although nothing will bring Sarah back, we encourage the use of any tool or technology that will keep families safe and prevent senseless tragedy.

Paul and Sue Oberhauser
co-heads, Traffic Safety Coalition

Support a student tenant forum

Bravo for exposing Apartments Downtown for its shady tactics.

Unfortunately, Iowa City has several landlords who illegally exploit their tenants. However, it is impossible to know before signing a lease whether or not your landlord is crooked.

Off-Campus Housing Services should establish a forum for students to post honest and fair reviews of their landlords. Informed renters would put the shady landlords out of business.

The Iowa City Apartment Association, of course, opposes this idea. I wonder why?

Chris McFadin
UI graduate fellow

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