Modern cars are safe at higher speeds

Double digit increases in the number of speed camera tickets in Baltimore City means the program is not making Baltimore safer as advertised ("Speed cameras yield $19.2 million," Sept. 12).

The criteria for establishing speed limits were developed before the advent of power steering, power brakes, anti-lock brakes and tire improvements. If realistic speed limits were implemented that reflected the capabilities of modern vehicles, which have shorter stopping distances, it's likely more drivers would respect those limits.

If Baltimore City really wanted to do something to improve our safety they would take on the cell phone users who cause more accidents than speeders.

Dan Griffin, Perry Hall

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