Now, per the Post Standard:
New York drivers might soon be among a growing group being watched -- and ticketed -- by a roadside camera system. Included last week in Gov. David Paterson’s budget proposal is a “revenue action” to deploy 50 cameras on highways to ticket speeders. . . .How would you like to find out days later in the mail that you allegedly were speeding on such-and-such an occasion? Would you have any recollection of the event? Probably not. . .
Most people are honest, and would pay a ticket if they knew they were speeding . . . but what if you really don't know? Do you assume that the government is correct and pay the ticket? Or do you fight it . . . and take the chance that you might really be wrong?
Odds are you will pay the ticket even though you don't know that you had done anything wrong. This becomes a form of governmental indoctrination . . . If the government says you were wrong, you learn to accept that the government is correct.
Paterson estimates the plan to fine speeders in highway work zones could generate about $174 million over the next three years. But even though the program surfaced in a budget that struggles to close a deficit, the cameras are about safety in highway work zones, not making money, state officials said.Baloney! This is New York . . .the state that harasses its citizens to the N-th degree with all sorts of taxes, tolls, and fees . . . How does the governor know that $174 million will be raised, unless that is his goal? The state worker-bees will be given their orders and will calibrate their cameras to ensure that the $174 million gets collected. Few will fight it.
Safety measure? No. Citizen Shakedown? Yes.
This idea needs to be stopped . . . Now!