While reading your paper, I saw that the city will no longer be using flashing beacons in certain areas, which by your own admission are effective in getting vehicles to stop for pedestrians, because of a bureaucratic rule that does not benefit the general public.
It appears to me that we hallowed a bureaucratic board, which is not answerable to the public, end a program that has saved lives, simply because someone has applied for a patent. Sure smells like political correctness run amuck again. Stupid and not funny at all. This is, instead, tragic.