Red-light cameras make our streets safer

The divide between what the city collects in residential and commercial taxes continues to widen.

To the editor:

Alexandria Times Publisher Denise Dunbar claims — in the Quick Takes column March 21 — that red-light cameras employed by the city are “an invasion of privacy and an affront.”

It seems to me that a state-licensed driver operating a state-registered and -inspected vehicle on a publicly-paid-for thoroughfare with carefully delineated rules of operation enforceable by civil and criminal penalties has agreed in advance to sacrifice certain rights of privacy.

The purpose of red-light cameras is to reduce dangerous lawbreaking with a minimum of public cost. How is this an “affront”?

If anything, the city should be encouraged to increase its use of red-light cameras to stop as many lawbreakers as possible and make the local streets safer.
– John Koch



  1. Wrong. Red light camera are the first step at chipping away at our civil liberties. I refuse to go to Montgomery county b/c their cameras are always handing out tickets for going 5 miles over the speed limit. Cameras makes no allowance for human error.

    Plus, one you install one camera, they end up everywhere. The revenue it generates becomes an excuse for the state/city to nanny its citizens. I choose freedom. I wish everyone had a little more common sense in thinking about these small things instead of defaulting to hand your freedom to a computer and the state.