Speed Cameras. They’re like redlight cameras for your gas pedal. Speed cameras use laser sensors to track a car’s speed and issue tickets in much the same way redlight cameras issue tickets for violators. Installed in various big cities around the country, speed cameras are thought to be the next wave in road safety, and they’re coming to California.
Currently they’re illegal, but that may not always be the case. Speed cameras are gaining more and more advocates by the day, and they’re aimed at tackling the number 1 killer on our streets, which is excessive driver speed.
So how will they help? If you’ve ever walked or driven around San Francisco you know, everyone is in a hurry. Sometimes they don’t even have a particular destination, they just want to get their quick. Speed cameras will act like speed bumps. Drivers will know they’re there, and they’ll act accordingly.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have been doing some considerable research into speed cameras, and they’ll be asking the Legislature for permission for a limited test run, focusing on schools and senior centers.
Whether you like it or not, speed cameras are coming, and I for one, support their installation. Speed cameras will reduce speed, reduce fatalities, and cut down on our pedestrian injuries. Not just our commuters, but our more vulnerable citizens, children and seniors, will benefit from their use. I support it, do you?