Using Cameras for Speed Limit Enforcement
Rochelle News-Leader, Terry Dickow, Sep 5, 2020
I am a big believer in using cameras for speed limit enforcement. Cameras would free up officers for more important tasks plus they would provide a revenue source to the state. And, being a revenue source, I am surprised Illinois has not installed thousands of speed cameras state-wide. It is a tax you don’t pay if you obey the law.
Years ago my daughter moved to Switzerland. They use cameras a lot over there. They also have a different philosophy on fines. A fine for speeding depends on where it happened, how fast above the limit you were going and your income.
So, when police finally stopped a man in 2010 who was doing180 m.p.h. in a 72 m.p.h. zone, his fine was $1 million. He was evidently wealthy. His fine topped the previous one of $290,000.
I was reminded of that when I read in last week’s paper that Rochelle police ticketed a driver clocked at 116 m.p.h. in a 70 m.p.h. zone. No fine in the world is large enough for drivers like that.
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