Weighing speed cameras around schools
There's a lively debate going on today on the Maryland Politics blog about legislation likely to be adopted by the General Assembly that would allow speed cameras around Maryland schools. The legislation would permit cameras to be installed within a half-mile of any school (or highway work zone with a speed limit of 45 mph or higher), and anyone going 12 mph over the speed limit or more would be fined $40. The vehicle's registered owner would get the citation in the mail.
Most of the commenters on the politics blog oppose the idea, but I wonder if some of you here might feel differently, if you've seen firsthand the perils of speeding drivers in school zones -- and understanding the need to raise more local revenue. (The money from the fines wouldn't go directly to schools, though.)
UPDATE: In a surprise reversal, the Senate rejected the speed camera bill.
UPDATE, 4/2: The bill was brought back to life.