Sunday, February 20, 2005

Finally Someone Gets It

Recently, I wrote a rant against traffic cameras that some jurisdictions such as Washington, D.C. and Maryland use to catch people running red lights and speeding. As I pointed out in the post, the cameras actually decrease traffic safety and serve only as a means to provide income to the government. Well, one state has decided to scrap its traffic camera program. On Friday a committee in the House of Delegates in the Virginia rejected legislation that would have continued to allow communities in Virginia to use traffic cameras to ticket red-light runners. The traffic camera program will end July 1. This was a nice turn around for the House of Delegates, who last week embarrassed themselves by passing legislation that regulated the height one could wear one's pants. Let's hope other jurisdictions follow Virginia's example in ridding its communities of traffic cameras.