Traffic cameras are not the answer in Ridgeland.
Speeders need to be personally stopped by an official who represents the state of South Carolina. When other drivers see those who are stopped, they automatically decelerate.
However, the downside is that once they pass by the scene, they continue to speed. So setting up double speed traps should be in the future. I say that because by the time the speeder receives his or her ticket in the mail, they've probably broken speed limits in every state they've traveled. This double stop would give South Carolina a good reputation, and a step up on highway safety by stopping those who break speed limits.
Another advantage to using actual stops is that drivers may be discovered to be carrying contraband, kidnapping somebody or not having proper documents to operate a vehicle. All of that can't be seen by a camera.
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Did I say more revenue?
In addition, posting lighted signs over the interstate showing drivers how fast they're going would help. We do it for weather conditions, accident alerts, Amber alerts, etc. Wouldn't you think those traveling with that driver would remind them that they're speeding? And what about cruise control?
Former president Ronald Reagan once said to the Soviet Union: "Tear down this wall."
I and many of like mind say, "Tear down those cameras, Big Brother."
Glenna D. JamesBeaufort