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Speed cameras are right most of the time, and for Baltimore that's good enough

In a recent story about new speed camera tests, Frank Murphy, Baltimore's deputy transportation director for operations, addressed the camera network's error rate by stating "I'm not really concerned what the error rate is, we just want to reduce it" ("New speed camera tests," Dec. 1).

I think perhaps it's time for city officials to be concerned about the error rate; instead of just reducing it, how about instead getting it down to zero?

An investigation by The Sun found that the city continued to operate a camera on Cold Spring Lane months after learning it had issued incorrect speed readings. But Mr. Murphy said he didn't believe it was necessary to shut down the camera "because as long as we have this extra level of scrutiny and we're weeding out any erroneous citations, there shouldn't be any erroneous citations."

Huh? If the system had been set up properly and had adequate oversight from the very beginning, there shouldn't have been any "erroneous citations" at all. The city's story is to continue saying the speed cameras aren't about revenue, and they're sticking to that story.

David Gosey, Towson

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