Speed cameras robbing us of our rights and our humanity

Armstrong Williams | 4/11/2013, 2:17 p.m.
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Furthermore, the revenue speed cameras generate goes first and foremost to the corporations selling and maintaining the cameras. They have a vested interest in getting you to break the law, receiving one dollar for every four you are fined.

Lastly, why would we, as a society, want a robot to indiscriminately determine our guilt or innocence? A machine can only do what it is programmed to do, nothing more. It cannot weigh evidence, heed arguments nor contemplate testimony. If there is an error in programming or the machine breaks down--both of which happen regularly--you get a ticket. We have given these machines ultimate authority despite knowing their limitations. Only real people can address a situation and determine the proper course of action when it comes to enforcing and interpreting the law.

A neighbor sees kids playing cops and robbers. A machine registers someone waving a gun around and reports a threat. A policeman sees a woman driving to work, momentarily above the limit but slowing down into the flow of traffic. A machine logs her as speeding and sends the ticket in the mail.

Speed cameras may have initially been enacted for public safety, but that idea has been washed away by torrents of cash. The number one protector of the streets has been and always should be a human police officer--one who can assess the entire situation, act immediately and be held accountable in a court of law. Allowing the proliferation of machines to dole out fines not only robs us of our rights, but a piece of our humanity as well.

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