Posted on: March 24, 2011
Should a driver going 85 miles per hour in a 60 mph speed limit zone be pulled over, or simply sent a ticket in the mail? The effectiveness and constitutionality of speed cameras are being debated in South Carolina.
While the cameras ticket hundreds of drivers in South Carolina, some lawmakers are working to shut down the system, which they call a moneymaker and unconstitutional, selective law enforcement.
One major stretch of road with the cameras in Interstate 95 that sweeps almost 2,000 miles from Canada to Miami and through South Carolina.
“I just don’t think it’s right,” said one of the lawsuit plaintiffs who got a ticket last year while driving between his home and Greensboro, N.C., according to news reports. “If you get a ticket you should be stopped by an officer, know you have been stopped and have an opportunity to state your case.”
Fourteen states, including Washington D.C. use speed cameras to catch speeders.
Proponents say the cameras “do what they are designed to do: slow people down, reduce accidents and, most importantly, save lives.”
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I’m glad to hear that the speeding cameras are making roadways safer. Speeding can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving or distracted driving. I urge drivers to always follow the speed limit, which is put in place to keep drivers safe. Drivers should never speed, whether there are extra patrols or speeding cameras around or not.
If you have been injured in a car accident related to speeding, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston.