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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

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