So, I have "friend" who got a ticket in the mail the other day. I'll protect his/her identity by referring to him as kereD.
Needless to say, the fine associated with one of these tickets is not cheap. Almost $200 to be exact.
Now, I'm not someone who believes in dishonesty or even crazy driving and I do have to say that the vast majority of people who drive and talk on their cell phones drive me crazy--pun completely intended here. In fact, don't even get me started about the issues in driving that make me bonkers--no use of turn signals, driving slowly in the passing lane, tailgating, etc.
That being said, I don't know that I'm a fan of these cameras and not just because I've been the recipient of one of these tickets myself. I mean honestly, if you flow with traffic on these interstates, you're almost guaranteed to get a ticket for speeding.
Whatever happened to the police officer catching you in the act? I mean, are we in such desperate need of money for the government that we need to catch a speeder with a camera? Sure, you can pretend that you didn't get the ticket, but if they send the constable out to serve you, you'll have to pay an additional fee and odds are--he'll catch you.
I feel really torn about the issue honestly. Probably because I like to drive over the speed limit myself. However, I've seen plenty of crazy driving that didn't happen anywhere near the interstate and with no police officers in site. I'm also a little bit bugged at the Big Brother idea that cameras present.
So, what do you think? Are these cameras a good idea or just a good way to have your day ruined at the mail box?