WASHINGTON -- Camera-enabled automatic speed enforcement is one of the most debated local issues in the nation's capital. Critics charge it's an easy way to raise money for the District of Columbia government. Proponents say the cameras slow down traffic and save lives.
In a particularly lively Twitter exchange Thursday, Luke Rosiak, a projects reporter for The Washington Times, railed against speed cameras. In the process he made it known that he thinks government employees are "useless, rude and entitled" and that traffic fines benefit people who "sit at home on welfare."
It all got started when DCist editor Martin Austermuhle tweeted news about Ron Moten, a Republican running to unseat Democratic D.C. Councilmember Yvette Alexander in Ward 7, professing his dislike of speed cameras.
To which Rosiak responded:
That started an epic Twitter debate, with Tom Bridge of We Love DC jumping in, which we've documented here ...
Then Bridge pointed out the tried, true and easiest way to avoid a speeding ticket: not speeding.
Later Rosiak mixed in some class warfare to the thread ...
In news that is likely to irk Rosiak even more, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, during an interview on WTOP-FM on Thursday, said that photo enforcement for "blocking the box" at intersections will be going online "soon."
Cue the outrage ...
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