Sunday, June 27, 2010

Post fronts feature on speed cameras. (How dare DC enforce the law!)

The Post fronted "Drivers disgusted by 'reward' for slogging along N.Y. Ave.: A speed camera" on Saturday, about how, gasp, DC is enforcing the law with a speed camera. The catch, if it could be called that, is that the camera is just east of Bladensburg Road on New York Ave -- when drivers start to speed up because they are past the traffic lights, and starting to think in highway mode.

Look, there may indeed be a problem here. Maybe the speed limit should be higher in that stretch. I don't know. Perhaps people should lobby for that if they're not happy with the status quo.

But in the meantime, the article is just a showcase for people complaining about DC enforcing... existing law. The article explains that, but that's the case right there for the article's irrelevance. It's not the first time the Post has printed an article of people complaining about traffic law being enforced.

It's a step back for roads reporter Ashley Halsey. Halsey has generally been quite good since he started the beat, though not without some issues.

There's a fair debate out there about the effectiveness of speed cameras. As much as I'd like to think they're an obvious fix, the research is not so solid. That's the real issue here.


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