Want a speed camera, create a school zone.
- From: Brent <tetraethylleadREMOVETHIS@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 21:41:13 +0000 (UTC)
I know, I know, I'm the paranoid one who when reading a new law thinks
about how will government abuse it to take our money and have power over
us. But maybe it's because time and time again stuff like this happens:
"Maryland cities will create brand new "school zones" in an attempt to
issue speed camera tickets on roads that previously had no need of the
designation. When the state legislature authorized speed cameras six
months ago in response to a $690,506 lobbying campaign from photo
ticketing and insurance companies, lawmakers mandated that the cameras
could only be used within a half mile of a school zone. Baltimore is
among the first to admit that it will bypass that restriction."
"The city's plan is to take a number of roads that are within the
legally required distance to a school but are in areas where children do
not regularly walk. Baltimore will install "school zone" signs on these
roads for the sole purpose of meeting the legal requirement that the
speed cameras be used only in a school zone. The new zones include
Charles Street at Lake Avenue, Northern Parkway at Greenspring, Pulaski
Highway at Monument Street and Roland Avenue at West Cold Spring."
Yes, that's right, the little clause to stop them from using speed
cameras anywhere they want to is being bypassed by creating new school
zones. So, they have the maximum radius around the school for the school
zone, then a half mile from either end of the school zone (might even
be a half mile radius so they can suck in neighbor streets??). Now, I'll
guess that's all kinds of schools including high schools. That probably
covers most of a metro area. Not quite all, but enough it to effectively
allow for speed cameras in very many of the most profitable spots. Plus
they can lower the speed limit to a totally out of place nonsensical
25mph to boot. CA-CHING!
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