Speed cameras: Safety or scam?

I was happy to see that The Sun finally do an investigation of the city's speed camera program — its "Stick 'em up!" program, as I like to call it ("Fast money," Nov. 18). Your reporters did a great job covering all aspects of the program's impact in the area, including its many shortcomings and how the local government defends it.

I never fully understood the justification for speed cameras in school zones in the first place. I can understand using them around highway construction sites during work hours, as the paper has been full of reports of highway workers getting hit by careless drivers who speed.

But school zones? I can't recall reading one article about a child getting run over by a speeding driver in a school zone. Children have been hit by cars at home, crossing roads around the area, and even by school buses, but I don't recall a single instance of a child being mowed down by speed demons in a school zone.

Has there been a study done to see how these cameras have impacted the school zones where they are located? Are fewer children being hit by cars where the cameras are placed?

I think the fact that the city has decided to switch the companies that operate the cameras in order to get a larger percentage of money from each ticket issued answers the question of whether it is for our safety or for the revenue.

Christopher Winslow, Baltimore

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