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Why would we, as a society, want a robot to indiscriminately determine our guilt or innocence? A machine can do only what it is programmed to do, nothing more. It cannot weigh evidence, consider arguments or judge testimony. If there is an error in programming or if the machine breaks down, both of which happen regularly, you get a ticket. We have given these machines ultimate authority, despite knowing their limitations.

Only real people can address a situation and determine the proper course of action when it comes to enforcing and interpreting the law.

A neighbor sees children playing cops and robbers. A machine registers someone waving a gun and reports a threat.

A policeman sees a woman driving to work, momentarily above the limit but slowing down into the flow of traffic. A machine logs a speeding ticket and puts the ticket in the mail.

Speed cameras may have been enacted initially for public safety, but that idea has been washed away by torrents of cash. The No. 1 protector of the streets has been and always should be a human police officer — one who can assess the entire situation, act immediately and be held accountable in a court of law. Allowing the proliferation of machines to dole out fines robs us not only of our rights, but a piece of our humanity as well.

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