I buy that it's not a safety issue, and it's really a money grab, but why is that a bad thing.
Because I care more about safety than I do the city government earning money? As someone who drives, has a wife who drives, has two children who drive with us and others...I'd prefer the traffic system be set up in a way that REALLY makes it as safe as possible for all drivers and passengers...not just pretends to. Plus...I'm really big on not rewarding liars, and the fact that they are describing it a a safety measure really fricking pisses me off.
Person breaks a law, gets ticketed, pays a fine. What's the harm in that?
See above. The crime in this case is, essentially, arbitrary to a degree. It's only a crime to prevent people from driving in total anarchy. But the truth is...and anyone whose driven for any length of time knows this...most drivers DO follow most driving laws. I mean...the vast majority of lights do not have cameras or cops around...and yet most people don't just run them. Knowing this, the only issue is with a car or two that may run it at the tail end of a cycle. Why not simply allow for this, make the change time a little longer?
My issue is with driver safety...not with enforcing laws which may or may not have any direct effect on safety.