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Traffic cameras — yay or nay?

February 3, 2012

There is a spirited debate right now over the use of traffic cameras. Dozens of cameras have been installed around Des Moines to catch red-light runners and speeders. The ticket money is pouring into the city. So far I have escaped a ticket, but I’m a cautious driver. My mom, on the other hand (just kidding, Mom) got a pricey ticket in Delaware recently from a traffic camera.

Legislation banning traffic cameras on Iowa’s streets and intersections is making its way through the House. Supporters say the cameras are an infringement on personal liberty. Opponents say the cameras make the roads safer. I fall into the safety camp. If you don’t speed excessively or run red lights you should have no concerns. However, I don’t like the thought of cameras watching my every move. Or the thought of a ticket in my mailbox.

Our small farm sits near a busy road that is getting busier every day as construction continues in the area. I would love to slow cars down as they whiz by our place. Bob has a lead foot, so he’s not a speed camera fan. (“Just on my way to an emergency vet call, officer.”) But he wants a camera mounted on our house to catch people who throw garbage in our ditch.

Here is a photo of Caroline walking her 4-H pig around the house last summer.



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