Summary: Affirmative plan mandates speed enforcement cameras every 5 miles on federally funded highways. This brief counters that.
Released: Filed Under: Stoa Policy
About "Speed Cameras"
Affirmative plan mandates speed enforcement cameras every 5 miles on federally funded highways. They would take a picture and timestamp of a car and measure the time it takes to get to the next camera to determine the speed of the car and issue an automatic citation for speed violations.
Since many states have rules banning such cameras, the plan would require extra-topical changes in state policies in order to implement and enforce the mandates. And the policy will be a massive waste of time and money and will distract us from efforts that would be far more likely to improve road safety.
All of the Affirmative’s evidence on “speed related accidents” should be dropped from the round unless it is specific to federally funded interstate highways. Sure, speed causes accidents, but the risks are far different on local roads where someone speeding through an intersection creates a hazard – compared to someone driving 75 on a high speed interstate highway where everyone is going the same direction at the same time. Those two risks aren’t even comparable and Affirmative evidence taken out of context from neighborhoods shouldn’t be used to justify policies on highways. Studies have found lower death rates in the US as highway speed limits have gone up, further cutting the link between highway speed and harm to motorists.
Enforcement of speed camera tickets is problematic. If you try to punish the driver, you have to take a picture of his face and hope you can determine who that is (with glare and reflections, etc. blocking the view), and then deal with judges who throw out such tickets because they violate the due process right to confront one’s accuser. If you send a ticket to the registered owner of the car, you’re punishing someone who the government cannot prove was driving, violating presumption of innocence, and courts are throwing out tickets for that reason as well.
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