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.

Terry Dickow can be contacted at [email protected].