Bill Filed To Eliminate Speed Cameras In Louisiana
The founding fathers of our nation in their grand design for democracy hit on some really great points when they created the United States Constitution. This document was created to ensure that the government should never be able to impose its will on the people without the people having a say so in the matter.
While we usually think of larger issues such as abortion, who can use what bathroom, and should we go to war as constitutional issues. The fact is that any violation of your rights as a citizen as guaranteed by the constitution becomes a big issue just as the aforementioned things.
One of those constitutional issues that is scheduled to be debated in the upcoming session of the legislature is the use of "speed cameras" in Louisiana. The constitutionality conundrum of the cameras stems from verbiage in the constitution that gurantees a citizen the right " to confront his accuser".
Obviously, with a robotic camera, there is no accuser for the average citizen to face. There is simply an invoice that shows up in the mailbox demanding payment. Those who support the cameras say they increase the safety of the roadways. Those who disagree with the cameras call them an unrestricted money grab on the backs of residents and travelers.
Those who support the cameras say they increase the safety of the roadways. Those who disagree with the cameras call them an unrestricted money grab on the backs of residents and travelers.
So, who is right?
We are that's who. "We the people" as mentioned in the Constitution should have the right to decide if we want this kind of government influence in our lives. That's why legislation will be put before the upcoming session of our legislature that would ask that the issue of speed control camera be put to a vote of the people.
Two-thirds of legislators must vote in favor of the legislation before it can be put on the ballot for you and me to actually decide whether or not we believe the cameras are a good thing or a not so good thing.
How will you be asking your representatives to vote?