A modest proposal for camera revenue
Scott Offutt has a thought-provoking proposal on the Greater Greater Washington blog for the revenue generated by speed cameras and red light cameras that could overcome some people's suspicions that they are installed strictly to generate revenue.
The thought his idea provoked for me was that the revenues could be more effectively targeted than the general distribution of proceeds he proposes.
I would use any revenue beyond that which necessary to operate the system into rebates to owners whose Maryland-registered vehicles had not received any camera-generated tickets in the preceding years. These could take the form of vouchers to offset the high cost of registering a vehicle in Maryland. This could be an especially attractive program for employers who operate large fleets, and it would certainly provide an added incentive for them to adopt strict anti-speeding policies for their employees.
Instead of what some perceive as a government revenue grab, now you have a transfer of money from bad drivers to law-abiding motorists. The more speed cameras, the more money to distribute to good drivers. What's not to love?