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September 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Red-light cameras under attack

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Have we lost all sense of right and wrong?

This ongoing controversy over red-light cameras exemplifies one of the things that is seriously wrong in this country — this mentality that the rules apply to others and not me [“Red-light camera debate gets complicated in Bellingham,” NWThursday, Sept. 8].

We would all agree that when the green light is in our favor, we don’t want someone hitting us broadside because they chose to run the red light. In fact, a lot of us would likely sue the offending driver, provided we survived the crash.

Yet we seem to think that when we’re the one running the red light, we should only be held accountable if a police officer actually sees us run the light. Have we lost all sense of what is right and wrong? If it’s the money that people don’t like to pay when they get fined for running a red light, think about the cost of a wreck, an unnecessary death (could be you) and the ensuing lawsuits, not to mention the public cost of cleaning up your mess.

This argument that red-light cameras cause crashes is ridiculous. If you hit the person in front of you because they slam on their brakes, it’s your fault for following too closely.

— Mark Quinn, Olympia

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