Hagerstown began issuing $75 tickets yesterday based on the findings from its shiny new red-light cameras. The cameras are installed on Potomac Street and Wilson Boulevard and Virginia Avenue and Burhans Boulevard.
I’m actually happy about this. People in Hagerstown are terrible drivers. I only hope city officials can handle the huge influx of money.
I would go even further. Instead of having two stationary cameras at intersections known for people running red lights, I would empower the people to enforce basic traffic laws.
With quality dashcams being cheaper than ever before, I would initiate a program where normal citizens could upload video clips of drivers breaking the law. The city or the county could then split the fine collected with the person who uploaded the video.
A person could make a small fortune driving around Hagerstown with a dashcam, snitching on their fellow citizens, if a program like this was ever instituted.
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