Magazine December 31, 2014, Issue

The Red-Light District

(Kelley McCall/AP)
At too many intersections, there are cameras of ill repute

On December 5, Newark, N.J., mayor Ras Baraka hosted a press conference to talk about red-light cameras — devices that snap photos of drivers who violate traffic laws, allowing authorities to issue tickets by mail. “The presence of the cameras causes drivers to think twice before darting into an intersection after the light has turned red,” said Baraka, flanked by a group of fellow New Jersey mayors and lawmakers. “This program provides us with a means to deter dangerous driving behaviors and hold those who do break the law accountable.”

Those citations also fuel Newark’s government, as Baraka, a Democrat, admitted

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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Politics & Policy

On a LARC

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Politics & Policy

To Carry the Fire

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Roots of a Tyrant

One brief paragraph terrorized Joseph Stalin. It was the postscript to the document known as Lenin’s Testament. That document has never been authenticated, yet it weighed on Stalin because, even ...
Politics & Policy

Getting to Brussels

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Sections

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The Week

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Athwart

Alienation

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Poetry

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Politics & Policy

Letters

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