Thursday, January 26, 2006

More Cameras Keeping Watch Over Marylanders

from The League: Reassembled

The General Assembly approved a measure today that will lead to even more cameras dedicated to monitoring Marylanders in public places, according to WAMU.

The Senate joined the House in over-riding Gov. Ehrlich's veto of a measure that authorizes Montgomery County to install cameras to monitor car speed in residential areas and near schools where the speed limit is under 35 mph. Cars caught going 10 mph or more over the speed limit will be photographed. The owner will get two shots of the incident and a ticket of up to $40 in the mail.

Regulating speed on roadways is well within the purview of the government, but do we really need more cameras around this state? The roads are already monitored by red-light cameras and our city streets are littered with cameras designed to deter criminals. Adding more to reduce speed is a well-intentioned effort to address a public safety issue, but it simply adds to the number of eyes Big Brother has watching us.

Even Gov. Ehrlich, who apparently has no problem regulating the very personal decision of who consenting adults decide to marry, considers the cameras an invasion of privacy. In his veto letter, Ehrlich wrote called the measure "another step toward the pervasive use of cameras by the government to monitor and regulate the conduct of its people," according to a Washington Post article.

The legislature should have followed Ehrlich's advice and refrained from the desire to add another method of surveillance to Big Brother's arsenal.

from The League: Reassembled

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