Say this about the residents of Prince George's County, Maryland: they really don't like speed cameras. According to the Washington Post, disgruntled citizens have shot at a camera with a gun, set one on fire and even, allegedly, fired glass marbles in a speed camera's direction.

The solution? Another set of cameras, naturally.

In a meta moment of governmental decision making that we think that Xzibit meme-makers are bound to enjoy, officials in the Washington, D.C. suburb are positioning cameras to monitor wellbeing of the speed cameras.

So far, one of the new cameras has been installed, with some dozen more planned. Officials contend that the loss of a speed camera is expensive – sources cite a replacement cost of between $30,000 and $100,000 for each unit – as well as creating a safety hazard in the community. No figures were provided for the cost of installing the speed-camera-monitoring camera, however.


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      Garrett Hollander
      • 2 Years Ago
      just another camera for us to destroy...
      Bjorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do I think we'll see many dress in all black at night and target all these cameras as practice? Just saying....
      • 2 Years Ago
      shoot 'em all up
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Redlight/Speed cameras + 50 BMG = Justice
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      As if you needed any more proof that law enforcement is far more interested in automated extortion than they are actual crime reduction.
      Kepe
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's crazy. What stops people from destroying the speed camera camera first, and the the actual speed camera? That's just more money lost on destroyed equipment. Speed cameras don't slow people down. They just make them hit the brakes 50 yds before a camera, and then accelerate back to whatever speed they were doing. And because the cameras are stationary, everyone knows where they are. The only proper way to use speed cameras would be to make them small enough to be hand-held, and then send out people to random places to point at traffic. That way they would work principally just like a regular police car hidden somewhere with a radar, monitoring traffic and then busting those who drive too fast.
        eliotsmeliot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kepe
        most likely the video is actually being recorded somewhere else, not in the camera itself. So destroying it wouldn't destroy the evidence. Anyway digital cameras are extremely cheep, even the least expensive cel phones have them.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its just an excuse to get more cameras up. They will still be there long after the red light cams are gone. They are doing similar in San Jose with new light posts.
      DrifterZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm remind me again how it cost 30 to 100 thousand dollars for these cameras??? Hell some of the studio quality HD cams used by TV and movie studios don't cost that much.
      dodgedurango360
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think we should offer citizen rewards for everyone who provides photographic proof that they disabled one of these cameras! It's all about the revenue.
        Element61
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dodgedurango360
        Disagree. Disabling the camera is its own reward and does not need further monetary value added to it. They are doing a community a great service and that should be enough.
        siscosdad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dodgedurango360
        Great idea!
      Just Stuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speed camera’s should be illegal as they are purely for revenue. Charles county in Maryland just installed some fixed and mobile speed camera’s they claim are to reduce that speeding in school zones. Great idea, except that camera’s are always on, they are constantly set to go off at 12 miles over the posted road speed limit, not the limit during school hours. This means for example on a road where the posted limit is 40, and school is letting out (so now the posted limit is 25), you have to go 52 mph in the school zone to get a ticket.
      nomadsto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Prime example of how we get the government we deserve. If the citizens don't like this law, Vote candidates that feel like wise.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this was a joke from Dave Chapelle, where there are cameras to watch the cameras that watch the cameras that watch the one camera looking at the street to deter drug dealing, but under all the other cameras that watch the other cameras, they would do just that.
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