What's wrong with quoting AAA?
I spent a lot of time thinking about what exactly bothered me so much about Ashley Halsey's Saturday article on New York Avenue speed cameras, AAA's response and Cornell Professor Isaac Kramnick.
After all, on the merits, I agree with AAA. Speed cameras are an important tool to ensure road safety by making drivers slow down when there are pedestrians and cyclists, or when drivers would injure themselves. When placed in an area that's more a freeway, it seems that revenue has trumped safety. Do that too much, and people start pushing for laws against speed cameras. Then they can't make the roads safer.
So what's so frustrating? In an e-mail, Ashley Hasley suggested I clarify why we object so much to AAA getting quoted in the Post. Aren't they exactly what they seem, a driving advocacy organization? Aren't all their positions totally consistent with that?
[Continue reading David Alpert's post on Greater Greater Washington.]
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| June 30, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
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