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What do you think? for December 7

December 07, 2008
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Come on people ... cameras will make intersections more dangerous? ... people will know where the cameras are and will slow down at that particular intersection? ... it's a moneymaker and nothing more? Well, isn't that the point in the first place ... to get traffic to slow down and stop at red lights? If you stop at all red lights, what do you have to worry about? The cameras aren't being installed for law biding citizens. Moneymaker? How about life saver? Do you think Hagerstown's finest like pulling over traffic violators and then have to get out into traffic themselves and risk their lives and well-being to issue citations? Come on, use some common sense here people. If the lights were going to be used for revenue, don't you think the would already have been installed? I mean, cameras at intersections have been around since the 1970s. They are being installed to promote safety and to make travel through Hagers-town a little easier.

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I have no problem with cameras at the lights. It's not that different from police setting up speed traps.

This is a tricky question in my opinion. I do agree that Red Light Cameras can be an effective tool to eliminate some of the problems in high volume traffic areas, but I do believe the current system is flawed. Red-light cameras along with other types of traffic cameras border on infringing on your 6th amendment rights of facing your accuser. It also is flawed because the fine is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle rather than the person who actually committed the violation. For example, if you are going through a divorce but are letting your former spouse keep a car that is registered in your name, they could possibly rack up hundreds of dollars in these fines and refuse to pay for them. I agree that they are good in theory, but there is a lot that needs to be worked out before they are implemented.

Total "big brother"!!!!! We need to protect our rights, and if we keep allowing cameras at stop signs, soon they will be on our homes or even worse yet, in our homes. The presence of cameras will never stop the idiots ... it is only a way to make money. A $25 fine is no way to punish someone because that seems like it might be worth it to some people. I think WAY TOO MANY people actually believe that traffic signal cameras and seat belt laws are for our protection: WRONG, they are moneymakers.

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