Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Trust is missing in speed camera debacle

News that all of Baltimore's 83 speed cameras would be replaced sounded like a good first step to solve some of the issues plaguing the program until I read further ("City will replace all speed cameras," Jan. 8). I had to reread because of my disbelief: Brekford Corp. analyzed Baltimore's speed camera system and came up with the simple solution of replacing all the cameras for only $450,000!

Isn't this like the fox in the hen house? Whatever happened to getting an objective third party to review the system instead and not a company that will profit greatly by its own recommendations?

The opacity of this city's administration, in regards to problems with the speed camera program, brought forward by this paper, speaks volumes. Even if the intent of the city is a good one, there is now the perception of behind-closed-door dealings and sidestepping which only makes the whole program look rather sleazy and amoral.

We must reassure ourselves that all of these decisions being made on our behalf are for our own good and safety.

Christopher Winslow, Baltimore

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • Get a move on: Local speed limits are too low [Letter]

      Get a move on: Local speed limits are too low [Letter]

      Congratulations to Howard County for trying to figure out sensible speed limits ("Are Howard County's speed limits too low?" Aug. 5).

    • Safety or revenue?

      Safety or revenue?

      Before it was shut down over reports of widespread errors, Baltimore ran by far the largest speed camera program in the state and one of the largest in the nation. It generated a lot of tickets and a lot of revenue for the city — so much so that officials were fighting over what to do with the...

    • Annapolis and speed cameras

      Annapolis and speed cameras

      Isn't it amazing how the courts have found that speed cameras are a safety feature and not an un-mandated nuisance tax, yet The Sun finds the news in the loss of revenue instead of the great job they are doing in slowing down traffic and clogging up the streets of Annapolis with bumper to bumper...

    • Smaller is better

      Smaller is better

      A Baltimore City Council investigative committee looking into the city's problem-plagued speed- and red light-camera program has discovered what should have been obvious all along: That the now suspended system was far too big to be managed efficiently, that it was set up too quickly by the companies...

    • Cameras and corruption

      Cameras and corruption

      I have followed The Sun's investigation of Baltimore's speed and red light cameras from the beginning and believe a desire for a back door tax is what is driving Baltimore's concern and not protecting the poor innocent school children they claim when defending the constitutionality of such laws...

    • Speed cameras didn't make streets any safer

      Speed cameras didn't make streets any safer

      I enjoyed your recent article on the statistics regarding pedestrian accidents during and after the use of speed cameras ("Even with speed cameras off, no pedestrians injured in school zones," Dec. 19).

    • The surreal comedy of Baltimore's speed cameras [Letter]

      The surreal comedy of Baltimore's speed cameras [Letter]

      I really wish I was in the speed camera consulting business in Baltimore right now, as I could make a killing ("City takes step toward new speed camera program Feb. 5). Why is this whole speed camera debacle turning into such a surreal comedy? One answer might be that there is such a total disconnect...

    • City speed camera saga gets stranger by the day [Letter]

      City speed camera saga gets stranger by the day [Letter]

      A national firm is not qualified to complete a simple engineering study of the city's speed cameras ("Mayor says audit firm was 'not sufficiently qualified,'" Jan. 29).

    Comments
    Loading

    63°