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Speeders should quit bellyaching about getting caught

Regarding Jay Hancock's article "Welcome to Md., becoming known as the 'Speed Trap State'" (Dec. 13): It really grieves me that a Connecticut businessman was booked by a speed camera going 67 mph in a 55-mph zone and given a $40 fine. And that Mr. Hancock himself was snapped going 43 mph in a 30-mph school zone.

What is this? Can no one read anymore? You exceed posted speed limits by 12 and 13 miles per hour and bellyache that you got a ticket? And that it's Maryland's fault because the state needs to fill its coffers with money from innocent drivers?

You should be grateful that Maryland allows drivers a generous 11 miles over the speed limit before issuing tickets — and that you didn't injure or kill someone.

Give us a break. Speed cameras do their job of getting "I'm above the law" drivers to slow down and avoid accidents. There should be one at every corner.

Judy Chernak, Pikesville

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