Let's call it what it is. A speed trap by any other name is still a speed trap.
I call it highway robbery in the first order, a scheme designed to raise money from 80 percent to 90 percent of unsuspecting out-of-state drivers for the benefit of the town of Ridgeland.
Mayor Gary Hodges doesn't care as much about reducing highway deaths as he does about collecting money for the town. The fatal accidents I have read about in Ridgeland over the past seven years were because of a drunken driver or a tired driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
In any event, I would like to know who anointed or proclaimed Hodges to be the doorkeeper of the safety of drivers on Interstate 95. This is clearly a sneak attack on mostly out-of-state drivers using I-95, and nothing more than a cash cow for Ridgeland and the company that provides the cameras.
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Ridgeland has netted about $100,000 since August, the mayor says. You are talking big bucks here. Never mind that the state of South Carolina has passed a law prohibiting the use of cameras, the mayor thinks he is the chosen one to determine who gets a ticket. What happened to equal protection of the law? Why should commercial, state and fleet vehicles be exempt from enforcement? Can you imagine every town abutting I-95 setting up similar speed traps? According to Hodges, they have that right. Good luck.
Arthur I. Trager Bluffton