By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Cheverly officials say their speed-camera program has never issued an erroneous citation after acknowledging a camera provided by their former vendor made inaccurate readings and failed to photograph passing vehicles.
Traditional law-enforcement duties are best performed by men, not machines. This is the case in Maryland, where speed cameras continue to pronounce the innocent guilty, regardless of mounting evidence that the measuring devices are faulty.
The Prince George's County town of Cheverly sent a letter in July to speed-camera vendor Optotraffic, informing the company that one of its cameras had caught a bicycle going 57 mph — just 26 mph off the world record for a flat surface.
Town Administrator David Warrington wrote in a series of letters to Optotraffic last spring and summer that the company's equipment had not only exaggerated some vehicles' speed, but often gave false speed readings for buses and trucks with ladder racks and sometimes photographed nonexistent vehicles.
In a May 24 letter, Mr. Warrington explained his interest in addressing reliability problems was not ensuring justice but "how we can optimize the productivity of our camera."