We need more traffic cameras, not fewer

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: April 19 2012 | 11:41 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 4:57 pm in

Many people have complained about the traffic cameras loud and long enough that the Legislature got involved. The reality is the people who have been caught on camera are the ones whining and crying the loudest. These violators who cry foul do not have the courage to stand up and take their punishment.

If it were my choice, I would put up more cameras, especially at certain school crossings. I have been a crossing guard for three years and have been nearly run over four times while standing in the crosswalk with a stop sign and wearing a bright yellow safety coat. I have to remind some drivers that they are blocking the crosswalk with the front half of their car. No one seems to know what the big white stripe painted on the street means.

When I cautioned one woman about blocking the crosswalk, she rolled down her window and informed me she was on the phone and didnít have time to move back a few feet.

Legislators should leave the cameras alone.

Fred Thompson

Cedar Rapids

 

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