One constant though this "Recession (Depression)" has been the bottomless maw of Government raising taxes and fees to make up the deficit that many of us can barely- if at all- afford to pay.
Many municipalities have found a constant revenue stream in new technologies designed to keep The People in line: cameras at intersections catching people (barely) running red lights.
According to The CEDAR RAPIDS (IA) GAZETTE- that eastern Iowa city rakes in an average of $3000 per day on red-light cameras.
The good news- those cameras have reportedly reduced accidents by around 8% there.
The other bad news is that I doubt that expensive car insurance rates have dropped by so much as one cent in Cedar Rapids....