Many Concerned About Speed Cameras
And not just about getting caught. I said in Sunday's Dr. Gridlock column that if the rest of Maryland gets the kind of program now operated by Montgomery County, drivers could feel confident in the integrity of the program.
Lon Anderson of AAA Mid-Atlantic who is often speaking up on behalf of travelers in our region called to say that he supports the idea of expanding the program statewide to school zones and road work sites, but has some concerns.
Anderson separates camera programs into two categories: The ones that are concerned with safety and the ones that are concerned with raising money. He supports the former and condemns the latter. Montgomery County is a decent example of the former, while Chevy Chase and the District would represent the latter, he says.
Marylanders need to pay attention to the bill working its way through the General Assembly. Anderson says it could use some tightening to make sure it's a safety program. Key things to watch: How loose is the definition of "school zone," and what restrictions are placed on the use of the camera revenue.
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