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Speed cameras: A money-grubbing scheme

I would like to ask Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to please don't insult our intelligence by telling citizens that the purpose of speed cameras is school safety ("Goal is 'zero' speed errors: Mayor's vow comes as camera criticism rises," Nov. 20).

Baltimore's very loose interpretation of the state regulation regarding what is considered a "school area" has led to the placement of cameras all around the city in locations that have no bearing on ensuring that students arrive at school safely.

One needn't drive far to see cameras placed where they are for the purpose of revenue enhancement — the "school area" at Lake Avenue and Charles Street on the city-county line, for example, where the speed limit drops from 40 mph to 30 mph.

It doesn't take much to realize what the true intentions of the city are there. Perhaps if Baltimore simply had followed the state's definition of a school zone, there wouldn't so much criticism of this money-grabbing scheme.

Donna McCann, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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