Chevy Chase- one of several Montgomery County municipalities that use the cameras - made more money from them last year than its entire town budget, Sen. Brian E. Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, told colleagues Tuesday.
McIntosh said cameras can play an important role "as you cut local funding for core services." She said cameras are "a way to fund public safety."
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The Troll Bill
According to the Baltimore Sun, it appears as if speed cameras will be coming to a school or construction site near you sometime soon. The restrictions on the use of these cameras is stated to be "45 MPH or higher zones", which would seem to me to make the "school" designation irrelevant since school zones are normally 30 MPH. The driver has to be going 12 miles or more over the limit, will get a $40 fine, and no points on their license.
While the restrictions on the cameras give this measure the appearance of reasonableness, it is really just a driver tax. Montgomery County generated $10 million last year through the pilot program. Also, while protesting that this is not a fund raising effort, check out the following quotes from the Sun article:
I hope it is clear why I titled this post "The Troll Bill". Drivers are being preyed upon by the government. Should you speed in construction and school zones? Obviously not, but should the government use the construct of "public safety" when they are really after "public money." Is this proposal really that far off from putting monitors in your car to fine you for speeding.
If they were being honest about enforcing the law to raise money, I have an original proposal. Add a $10,000 fine to any state legislator that did not properly fill out his or her ethical disclosure form.