I hate speed cameras. They are mere money making schemes and have nothing to do with traffic safety, drivers in areas infested by the cameras often concentrating on trying to spy the cameras rather than paying atttention to their driving. In tight economic times drivers who are poor, rather than poor drivers, are hardest hit. Additionally the use of the cameras is usually legally defective and most attorneys can often defeat such ticket prosecutions if an accused wants to go through the high expense of hiring one to fight the ticket. Finally, finally, a judge has stood up to this form of legal theft from motorists:
Judge Ruehlman called the village’s traffic camera system a game that Optotraffic, the company that operates the cameras, has a financial stake in. “I used the term ‘game’ because Elmwood Place is engaged in nothing more than a high-tech game of 3-Card Monty,” the judge wrote in his ruling. “It is a scam that the motorists can’t win.” “The entire case against the motorist is stacked because the speed monitoring device is calibrated and controlled by Optotraffic,” he wrote. Judge Ruehlman pointed out that Optotraffic had already received $500,000 at the time of the January hearing on the case.
Go here to read the rest and to read the entire text of Judge Ruehlman’s opinion. Speed cameras are a small issue in themselves, but they are part of a disturbing trend by government to pick the pockets of citizens under the guise of “public safety” or some other high sounding phrase to disguise a purely mercenary intent. This too is tyranny and free Americans should not tolerate it.