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POLL: What Do You Think of Gaithersburg's Speed Cameras?

The controversial ticketing machines are turning up in more places around the city.

Love 'em or hate 'em, we've got to live with speed cameras.

The electronic ticketing system in Gaithersburg and throughout other parts of Maryland send you a $40 ticket if you get caught going 12 mph or more above the posted speed limit.

On Tuesday the city deployed a —this one on Christopher Avenue at the bottom of a hill.

The Gazette reports that the city plans to set up two more speed camera locations soon. One on both directions of Girard Street in the beginning of December, and on both directions of Clopper Road soon after.

That would mean 11 sites around Gaithersburg would be monitored by speed cameras.

Since the program began in 2008, the Gazette reports, the city has seen more than $5.8 million in revenue from the cameras.

The Fiscal 2012 budget expects revenue from the cameras to be about $1 million.

What do you think of speed cameras? Are they a cash cow for strapped municipalies, or do they serve as a real deterrent to speeders and make the roads safer?

Bob Hydorn November 04, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Now Doug, have you ever heard of any gov't reducing any tax/fee once in place?
Doug Tallman November 04, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Metaphorically, you're right. It doesn't happen often. But it has happened. The computer tax, two (?) years ago (granted, it was just replaced by the millionaire's tax, though that was allowed to sunset).
Doug Tallman November 04, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Property and income taxes are a taxes on success and ingenuity. These tickets are a tax on stupidity. I like the concept of shifting more of the burden of government onto stupid people.
Bob Drzyzgula November 04, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Doug: I suppose, in much the same way that lotteries are taxes on people who are bad at math. But I'm not sure that it is the "stupid" who are taxed here, so much as the irresponsible -- a trait that somehow manages to be present across all levels of intelligence, income, etc.
jnrentz1 February 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Fines on most traffic violations including speed and red light cameras should be lowered.

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