9:16 AM EDT, March 18, 2013
I found your recent article about speed cameras most disturbing ("Losses claimed on speed cameras," March 13). It brings to light why this program was a failure from the start.
Not once is it mentioned that the main purposes of the cameras to protect public safety by curbing speeding and aggressive driving. Your story only mentions the cost of the equipment compared to the revenue it generates and how much the city and the camera operator make off the devices.
Have we lost sight of the fact that these tools are to intended to increase safety on the roadways, not become a primary source or revenue? It is no wonder the effort is failing and citizens don't trust them. Every click of the camera is seen as just another clink in the coffers of the city and contractor. Shame on both.
Rick Slone, Odenton
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