After three photo-radar speeding tickets in six months, I got fed up.
Fortunately, MD's fines are small ($40 a pop), and insurance companies are barred from raising rates based on photo-speeding tickets. Still, the fetid breath of big brother has me all riled up, and I'll probably be spending many, many times whatever ticket costs I'll save to prevent another occurrence.
I'm even wondering about Constitutional challenges: Can a municipality possibly have a "compelling state interest" in photo-ticketing cars going 41 MPH on a deserted, major boulevard (as in, three lanes in each direction) at 12:30AM under perfect weather conditions, with said street having a two-mile stretch with a posted 30 MPH speed limit? I mean, what can possibly be the justification? What accidents are they preventing? What pedestrians are at risk?
Sorry for the vent.