* Tribune editorial…
Chicago will soon be blanketed with [speed cameras], in hopes of slowing drivers around schools and parks. No more cat-and-mouse between cops and speeders. If you’re speeding, you’ll get caught.
Why not deploy the cameras on the interstates, where motorists feel they can barrel along with impunity?
It’s not a perfect solution. Illinois already uses cameras to enforce speed limits in construction zones, but some of those tickets have been thrown out because the photos aren’t sharp enough. Also, the ticket goes to the owner of the car, who is not necessarily the driver. And cameras are a poor substitute for troopers, who can recognize drunken or distracted driving and other safety violations, such as failure to wear seat belts.
Still, a reliable camera system could be a backstop in areas that troopers say are largely unpatrolled. And yes, it would be a big moneymaker for the state, judging from the number of speeders. Too bad. Drivers who brazenly disregard the posted speed limit deserve to get a ticket. It’s not up to individual motorists to decide — or guess — how fast they can safely drive.
* The Question: Do you support speed cams on Interstates and Expressways? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.