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No speed cameras

| Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Every year, PennDOT declares a Work Zone Safety Week to encourage drivers to slow down and drive cautiously in areas where workers are performing their jobs. What PennDOT does not tell us is that there is no epidemic of speeding or reckless driving in work zones.

Fifteen percent of highway work zone deaths are caused by cars. While this is not good, it's hardly a reason to double fines and no reason at all to add speed cameras for enforcement.

The problems that lead to car-caused worker deaths are related to bad work-zone engineering and can be fixed, for free, to further reduce fatalities.

Yet, some of our brilliant legislators want to place speed cameras in highway construction work zones so they can unfairly tax reasonable and prudent drivers by mail. Forget the fact that speed cameras only create revenue and not safety. They want to guarantee a steady stream of money flowing into Harrisburg's bottomless coffers. “Safety” is our public servants' mantra; harvesting our money is their goal.

The camera makers also must make money or it will kill the politicians' golden goose.

The average driver and even the average highway worker are not important to our senators, representatives or PennDOT. Causing fear in order to enact laws benefiting special interests is their main concern.

Tom McCarey

Berwyn, Chester County

The writer is an activist with the National Motorists Association.

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