|A German speed camera, very similar to the ones that have caught Miranda speeding more times than we can count.|
What is the real intention of the speed camera?
Is it to get people to slow down? Or is it to raise revenue?
I've lived with speed cameras of varying kinds. I used to see them in Washington D.C. As soon as you see one, you slow down, ridiculously so. Then you speed up again. What good is that? As soon as as a speed camera is set up, people who drive through there on a regular basis learn its location and remember to slow down, but only where the camera is located. Their behavior isn't corrected; it is slightly modified. I guess the cameras have to move, then. Right?
If speed is truly a factor in traffic accidents, then how do you regulate that behavior? As long as you have cars that go fast, people will go fast. People who believe in consequences drive a little more cautiously; people who have no fear whatsoever of losing their license, killing someone, or getting a speeding ticket in the mail, do not care and nothing will get them to change their behavior (that is, until they, themselves, are taken off the road, one way or another).
A speed camera can certainly raise revenue. Here in Germany, people swear by them. Those people also happen to be the ones who run the Landkreis, or what we call the "county" here in Germany. There are cities, counties, and states, but it's all different from the American version.
When I hear people complain, I just go, ho hum. The Man swears by speed cameras; hence, they are here to stay:
As Interstate 95 sweeps past this small town along South Carolina's coastal plain, motorists encounter cameras that catch speeding cars, the only such devices on the open interstate for almost 2,000 miles from Canada to Miami.
The cameras have nabbed thousands of motorists, won accolades from highway safety advocates, attracted heated opposition from state lawmakers and sparked a federal court challenge.
Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges said the cameras in his town about 20 miles north of the Georgia line do what they are designed to do: slow people down, reduce accidents and, most importantly, save lives.Fear of getting a ticket is supposed to stop you from speeding? Okay. Then why, after the very first speeding ticket was issued by the traffic cop, whenever that was, do we still have people speeding? You cannot legislate against stupidity. Yes, it makes sense to slow down. No, you're not going to get everyone to slow down all of the time. There are those of us with common sense, and we keep having to pay higher insurance premiums because of the jackasses who cannot moderate their own driving.
The ticket isn't the problem; the person driving the car is the problem. Isn't there a better way to get them to modify their behavior? Up til now, speeding tickets really haven't solved the problem; they've just made it so Johnny Law can have a somewhat steady stream of revenue.