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Marilee J. Layman

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03:52 pm: Sleep and Stars
Spirit and I slept 2.5 hours after I made my LJ posts yesterday -- she got out from under partway through and came back to sit on top -- that always wakes me up a bit so I know where she goes. Back to the computer and reading LJ and ML, I had Stargate Universe recorded. I hadn't seen it in a long time and I wondered if I'd like it better than I had. After I got offline, I read some of the paper until the show finished and then I watched that. I still don't like it very much, and it's still very dark (lighting). The show is meant for younger people. Then I finished the paper and went to bed.

Junie came to be petted while I was reading, which I did, but when I turned the light off to sleep, Loki came and she kept trying to kill him. She kept me awake about two hours after I'd planned to sleep, so I turned off the alarm. I woke up after seven hours, so may need a nap today to catch up.

When I came out to feed the cats, Spirit's bed was in an odd place so I pulled it out and saw she'd spit up on it. I put a towel down and ran the bed through the washer & dryer and then assembled it again. She's curled up sleeping in it now.

A local county, Arlington, is putting up four red-light cameras and people are complaining that it's to make money. Instead, a study in other local counties with red-light cameras shows that rear-end crashes did increase by 27 percent when cameras were used, but crashes in which a car ran a red light and struck another vehicle at an angle decreased by 42 percent.

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From:capemaynuts
Date:June 6th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
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Interesting about the cameras at traffic lights. Up here by me, I can't think of an intersection without a camera. And I don't know anyone who's gotten a ticket from them. But since they were installed along Rt 27, the hit and runs have stopped and the truckers flying through red lights have decreased. We had had a serious problem of pedestrians being hit even though they were crossing with the light. So, as far as I know, the cameras have done good.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 6th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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That's good to hear. My city doesn't have any red-light cameras; almost all the accidents in the city don't have to do with the red lights. We do have cameras at every intersection looking every way to watch for movement so the computer lets each side go according to how many cars are waiting rather than standard changing times.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 6th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
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LOL No, they decrease in total, which is why Arlington went ahead with their four cameras. Apparently three are on Lee Hwy, which makes sense.
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Date:June 7th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
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Interesting about the red light cameras. We have a few in town and they seem to be helping but people who got caught are complaining loudly about the fines. DUH! Maybe they should obey the law? Somewhere on the peninsula - S of San Francisco - they are doing away with the camera(s) because they are not catching enough people to make any money. They are actually losing money. And in S San Francisco they had to refund all the fines for the first few months because the city council did not ratify the camera installation. It's all good now.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 7th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Arlington says they don't care about the money and I believe them. When you have so many accidents, if you can have fewer with the cameras, it's a good thing.
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