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Ready for Your Speed Camera Closeup?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The May 26 Metro article "Internet Accelerating Speed Camera Foes" reported that the group Maryland for Responsible Enforcement (MRE) would like to overturn a recently enacted Maryland law authorizing speed cameras. With fuzzy logic, the group assails speed cameras as an affront to their members' privacy and freedom to violate the law. Its goals pale in comparison with the crippling injuries, death and devastation caused by drivers exceeding speed limits. The relationship between vehicle speed and crash severity is unequivocal, based on the laws of physics.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, "speeding-related fatalities continue to be a serious highway safety problem, accounting for approximately 13,000 deaths a year -- roughly a third of all traffic fatalities." The Maryland legislature wisely enacted the speed camera law.

Monitoring by camera is a small price to pay for the privilege of driving on Maryland roads. MRE should be ashamed of its meretricious misdirection.

CARL B. WILKERSON

Bethesda

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The members of Maryland for Responsible Enforcement are a perfect examples of H.L. Mencken's Boobus Americanus.

They should get real. Isn't 12 mph above the speed limit in school zones a bit too fast?

How would they like their sons, daughters or grandchildren crossing a thoroughfare where these speeds are allowed?

If you don't want to get fined, don't speed.

ARNOLD HAUSER

Silver Spring

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I totally agree with Maryland for Responsible Enforcement [Metro, May 26]: Speed cameras are an abomination. Red light cameras too. And while we're at it, let's get rid of radar guns. In fact, why not abolish all traffic policing? People should just turn themselves in when they violate traffic laws. Parking meters should go, too.

While we're about this reform movement, instead of levying taxes, let's let people pay the government what they think is fair. Come to think of it, why do we need government at all? Why can't folks just do what's right without needing to be

coerced?

MICHAEL BERLA

Columbia

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