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Finally, some common sense about speed cameras

I was delighted to read your recent editorial in support of Maryland's speed cameras ("The purpose of speed cameras," Dec. 27), especially as it followed a column by Jay Hancock in which he departed from the genius that normally distinguishes his commentary and entered the realm of the blathering "booboisie" of AM talk radio ("'Speed trap state' new Md. motto, thanks to cameras," Dec. 12).

Mr. Hancock gave us the Connecticut businessman so outraged over a $40 speeding ticket for driving 67 mph in a 55 mph work zone that he threatened to stop doing business in Maryland. About which Mr. Hancock's more intelligent side might have observed: If the Connecticut Yankee businessman's trade in Maryland could be influenced by such a small matter, he either is not doing much business in Maryland, or he really didn't mean what he said.

Given that the man from Connecticut asserted that he never drives more than five miles over the speed limit, the latter would seem more likely.

Whatever could cause Mr. Hancock to join the ranks of such fatuous radio blatherers as Tom Marr and Patrick McDonough? This was revealed in the column's parenthetical disclosure that a camera recently caught Mr. Hancock himself driving 43 mph in a 30 mph school zone.

He does not cite statistics on the greater severity of injuries likely to be suffered by a child when hit by a vehicle traveling 43 mph compared to 30 mph. But I expect he would agree there is no excuse for speeding in a school zone.

Mr. Hancock is not the only individual of influence to stray from good sense on this issue. Your editorial reports that state Sen. Jim Brochin, a Towson Democrat, wants work-zone speed cameras deactivated at times when no one is working in the zones.

He has in mind the lately unpopulated work zone at Charles Street and the beltway, which, as your editorial points out, remains a dangerously challenging road design with or without workers on site. How on earth does Senator Brochin reconcile this position with his very laudable campaign against the use of cell phones and texting devices while driving?

Thank you for your very sensible editorial on this subject. Its impact was only slightly diminished by the absurd notion that we might "sympathize with those who have tickets to pay."

To which I say, "Bah Humbug!" Make the fines higher. Add points. Anything to keep that Connecticut Yankee out of the great Free State.

G. J. Price III, Glyndon

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