There is plenty of evidence that the red light and speed cameras reduce crashes and fatalities. Visit www.iihs.org and check out the Feb. 1 status report article, "Red light running kills."

Citizens should want such cameras up on all roads and highways everywhere. The roads are public, not private areas. Most red light runners and speeders kill others, so it's not a nanny law to have enforcement and penalties on them.

Opponents of such cameras rant and rave about Big Brother watching and see themselves as victims. Their outrage gets broadcasted on the Internet, magnified by the news media and channeled into efforts to ban such cameras. They have no concern for the victims of such crashes.

What is the ratio of on-duty law enforcement personnel to the number of drivers? It may be one per 10,000. Regular law enforcement cannot handle the great number of drivers, and it creates another hazard for an officer to chase a violator through heavy traffic.

There shouldn't have to be any warnings or notices as to where such cameras are set up. Every vehicle has a speedometer, and drivers should be paying attention - not texting or talking on their phones.

I'm all for freedom, but freedom doesn't include the right to run over other lives. Drivers that speed, run red lights, text or talk on their phones while driving endanger and kill others.

Herman Lenz

Sumner

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