To the Editor:
Highway Tolls? Maybe not if Thinking is Outside the Box. The State of Connecticut, as we well know, is ineffectively managed fiscally as it always seems to “need” i.e., “want” more money. Are highway tolls the answer? Most people are saying “no thank you.” Is there an alternative that won’t hurt the law-abiding citizens driving the highways? The answer is a resounding “yes.” According to data published by Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), “12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin islands already have speed cameras currently operating.”
Speed cameras are used to enforce traffic safety laws, i.e., detect speeders. It is a well known fact that speeding makes crashes more likely and more likely to be deadly. Speed cameras accomplish two goals: 1) Support traditional enforcement of speed laws (something badly needed in Connecticut), and 2) generate considerable revenue for the state or local jurisdiction.
Let’s encourage our elected leaders to think outside the box. Rather than spend millions of dollars on another useless toll study (a subject already studied to death), try a proven method not only of increasing revenue but also increasing road safety. Who won’t like speed cameras? Speeding law breakers obviously won’t. Who will like speed cameras? Every law-abiding motorist on the road, that’s who. A final note: GHSA also states that “Penalties usually are more lenient than those used with traditional enforcement, e.g., the fine may be lower, points may not be assessed, or the citation may not go on the driver’s record.”