A few months ago I changed the route I drive to work, taking MacArthur Boulevard instead of Massachusetts Avenue through Northwest D.C. I figured I was saving about four minutes each way--not bad for a 20-minute trip. Then I got a $40 ticket in the mail, with a photo of my car doing 38 in a 25. Busted by a speed cam.
Learn to Love Speed Cameras
Critics say traffic cameras evoke Big Brother. They worry that a system that can take a photo of your license plate as you drive through town can also track your general movements. They say cities with cameras are more interested in raising revenue than improving public safety. I say bring on the surveillance.