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Speeding motorists are violators, not victims

So, we don't need speed cameras? Perhaps Matt Hersl's life might not have been saved by the presence of speed cameras, but neither was it saved even by the presence of a state trooper ("City worker killed in City Hall crash," April 10).

The interstate highways around Baltimore are race tracks where speed limits are routinely ignored by 15 mph or more. To those who feel the cameras victimize them I say: There are no "victims" in traffic enforcement, only violators.

Judging from The Sun's reports, Matt Hersl was a magnificent man, neighbor and friend who will be sorely missed and mourned by his family. I don't know that the same can be said of the person who slaughtered him with a speeding vehicle — except that he would not be a "victim" if he were ever caught by a speed camera.

Jim Hejl, Baltimore

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