Opinion: The State Is After Your Wallet


Opinion Submission from James Sikorski Jr. (PA Advocate National Motorists Association)

The work zone speed camera story missed many key points and only spoke to people inside the revenue stream. Recent data clearly showed most people obeying speed limits in work zones, and speeding was counted as a mere one mph above the speed limit, which is absurd. Are speedometers and the cameras that accurate?

Why was it not asked why the speed limits are underposted? Why do other states post higher speed limits in work zones? Why do they not want speed cameras there? What assurance is there of speed reading accuracy and identification of the proper vehicle?

All I see is the desire to implement even more draconian measures to rake in more cash for the state. Engineering analysis and improvements are missing. No profit in that.

Also no mention of some people driving like turtles, or slamming the brakes, which may cause a crash.

The speed camera law must be repealed immediately, not made worse. Pennsylvania needs to learn from other states and use realistic speed limits, the zipper merge, more night work, protective barriers, etc.

A real state trooper can immediately prevent a safety problem, but how does a ticket a month later do that? A real trooper can also issue a ticket to a foreign driver.

If we must have speed cameras, how about something innovative? Rather than speeding fines, how about instead we have a prize drawing for people who drive at the speed limit or below? That would cost money so it will not occur, but it would accomplish the publicly stated goal. This is all about the money folks.