Prince George's muffs speed camera decision
A reader named John Dusch sent along an article from the Gazette in Prince George's County on speed cameras, thinking I'd be interested. I was.
It seems the Prince George's County Council has approved plans for speed cameras and has designated the county Revenue Authority to determine the 50 school sites where they will be deployed.
The Revenue Authority? What are these people thinking?
Regular readers of this blog are well aware that I have no objections to speed cameras and wouldn't mind if they were used on every road in the state. But to maintain the integrity and the core purpose of the program -- safety -- decisions on where to post such cameras should be kept strictly separate from revenue considerations.
Camera location is a matter for the police department, the transportation department, even the health department, but not the revenue arm of local government. Prince George's County's decision reflects badly not just on its own program but others around the state.
The Council should rethink this extremely harmful decision.