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Baltimore will never give up speed cameras

11:15 AM EST, November 29, 2012

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Much attention has been given to the speed camera issue as reported by The Sun. Readers have become enlightened about both the positive and negative regarding their use or misuse and the revenue stream that begins with ticket issuance.

One of the pro-camera items is their use as a deterrent toward speeding in school zones. A writer asked about when schools are not in session and the camera still clicks away, such as in summer months. Another pro-camera argument is that it frees up police forces from sitting idly in their patrol cars with their radar devices.

Another writer asked if people who have erroneously been issued tickets should be reimbursed for their fines.

While everyone wants to have safer roads, the misuse (or abuse) of the cameras for profit makes this a very entangled mess. Writers have become very passionate as they take sides, and there seems to be no gray area. One writer believed that the cameras should be banned entirely.

The banning of cameras will never happen because it has become established itself as a major cash cow for the City of Baltimore. The next few months bode to be very interesting, since Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declared a zero-tolerance mentality toward any falsely-issued camera tickets.

I'm not going to hold my breath on that one. I believe that cow has taken up permanent residence at City Hall.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham