Drones and robots have been introduced into the combat zone to save lives and can be operated at a safe distance from the enemy. Red light cameras and speeding cameras will also save lives and can be operated at a distance from the action. This equipment replaces “boots on the ground” and are the future of military and law enforcement operations. Motorists just need to slow down and accept the fact that they are being watched by cameras.
Here in Tallahassee red light cameras are located at seven city intersection with a fine of $158 for violating the red light law. It is only a matter of time that motorists will see speeding cameras on the interstate highways. Most European countries have both red light cameras and speed cameras operating for years. This examiner has received two speeding tickets in Germany taken by speed cameras on the Autobahn. The fines were paid and some behaviors were changed.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law on May 19 Senate Bill 277, allowing the use of speed cameras in highway work zones and within a half-mile radius of schools, which means that they can be placed on freeways under these conditions. Maryland is only the second state behind Arizona to codify the use of freeway speed cameras into law. Hawaii piloted a program but dropped it, and similar programs near San Jose, California, and in southern Florida were dismantled after they were found to be operating outside of state law. Maryland’s law takes effect tomorrow October 1.
“Maryland is in a unique position,” said Sean Adamec, the governor’s spokesman said.”A pilot program in Montgomery shows it worked; it lowered incidences of fatalities, crashing and speeding and made neighborhoods safer. It’s safer for kids, road workers and it’s been shown to work based on evidence. The point of them isn’t to raise money but to catch speeders and that in turn makes neighborhoods safer.
“We wouldn’t propose any tax on motorists traveling at safe speeds. If it was revenue rising we would’ve done it years ago, [but cameras] slow people down so they don’t need to levy so many fines. Of course there is a financial impact to make roads safer with less fatalities, but in the end you can’t put a price on the life of a child,” said Adamec. Fighting legislation in Arizona, Sam Crump, an Arizona assemblyman who is opposed to the speed cameras and has backed legislation to have them removed from the state’s freeways in 2010, says the main backing for speed cameras within Arizona has come from “senior citizens groups,” but there has been a surprising agreement between his core conservative followers and college students over privacy concerns