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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Picture Isn't Always Perfect

Looks like speed cameras may be coming back to North Carolina again. Today's Charlotte Observer had an article outlining proposed legislation that would bring back the automated speed cameras in limited areas in North Carolina. Court fines collected from these violations would go toward paying off a $745 million dollar debt the state owes the public school system.

The speed cameras estimate a car's speed and then takes a picture of the license plate. The registered owner of the vehicle is pleasantly surprised several weeks later when they receive a citation in the mail for speeding. The article doesn't mention that these cameras often times break down, take blurry pictures and cannot account for the situation when the registered owner of the vehicle is not the driver of the car in the picture. Here is an article that addresses the problems with the cameras. The system failed in 2006- the state would have to be creative to make it work this time.

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