Would your city commit manslaughter to increase tax revenues?

Apparently these six American cities shortened shorted their yellow light times to increase red-light violation rates at intersections with red-light cameras (hat tip to Instapundit):

Six cities have been busted recently for having an amber light that lasted less than the minimum timing at an intersection, and millions of dollars in fines have been collected when drivers went through the premature red and got caught on camera. Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Springfield, Missouri; Lubbock, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Union City, California all cut the timing on their lights, and while some have paid back the fines, others have not. In Dallas, over $700,000 was collected in a matter of eight months, and in Tennessee the light timing was changed at only a few intersections, which just so happen to be the areas where local law enforcement set up traps.

I’m not a lawyer, but putting those that made these decisions on trial for manslaughter if there was a fatal accident at one of these intersections seems very reasonable.

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