Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99
News Opinion

Why speed cameras have lost their moral authority

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

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • Safety or revenue?
      Safety or revenue?

      Before it was shut down over reports of widespread errors, Baltimore ran by far the largest speed camera program in the state and one of the largest in the nation. It generated a lot of tickets and a lot of revenue for the city — so much so that officials were fighting over what to do...

    • Smaller is better
      Smaller is better

      A Baltimore City Council investigative committee looking into the city's problem-plagued speed- and red light-camera program has discovered what should have been obvious all along: That the now suspended system was far too big to be managed efficiently, that it was set up too quickly by the...

    Comments
    Loading