Law Enforcements Digital Eyes: A Necessary Evil

Technology is always rapidly evolving every year, and the way it gets used is becoming more inventive. Take for instance your typical camera. Today you can find cameras all over the place, you can even find them at most traffic intersections and along roads in cities and towns all across the country. Why would anyone want to place a camera just to watch traffic, you may ask? Well there’s a very clear and precise answer to that, but that answer doesn’t come without scrutiny. These traffic cameras are often referred to as red light cameras, license plate readers, speed cameras, just to share a few of the more common names. Intersection camera’s operate off of motion sensors primarily, and will take a snapshot of every car that drives through the intersection regardless of traffic light color. Another alternative use is as a license plate reader. These camera’s use a larger camera lens and are triggered by motion to capture a vehicles license plate should they exceed a predetermined speed. Last form of camera that I consider to be a traffic camera is known as a “dash cam”, these are cameras that people can mount to the interior dash of their car and it records all that happens in front of them. Traffic cameras are a necessary evil for several reasons, and they actually make driving safer. Safe driving is something we are all taught when we first learn to drive. As time goes on we tend to start bending traffic laws to better fit our driving habits and/or needs. For example, you’re running late for class and as you approach an intersection you see the light turn yellow. Now you’re at that spot where if you brake hard you can stop safely, but if you accelerate a little bit you can beat the red light. Like most people you probab... ... middle of paper ... ...creased taxes. Traffic cameras may be a costly and annoying safety feature for motorways but the benefits they can provide greatly outweigh the inconveniences they cause. The dangerous act of speeding is a daily occurrence and a really scary thought are the people who speed through residential neighborhoods or past schools. Speed cameras are valuable tools to help stem people from speeding in these locations. The ever so dangerous intersections are made safer thanks to cameras being in place to scare people from carelessly trying to beat a red light. With a smaller police force, it becomes harder to catch dangerous drivers and that’s where traffic cameras come in; they make roadways safer and provide an income boost to towns that employ them. From scaring motorists at intersections to causing them to think twice about how they drive, traffic cameras are here to stay.

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