Baltimore doesn't do enough to enforce the speed limit

September 14, 2012

A place where speed cameras would yield additional revenue and improve quality of life is the section of the Jones Falls Expressway between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway adjacent to the residential area where I and several thousand other residents live ("Speed cameras yield $19.2 million," Sept. 12).

Motorcyclists use this stretch of highway as a race track, violating the speed limit, the maximum decibel level for noise and the helmet laws. This starts during the early evening and stretches into the wee hours of the morning.

At night in the spring and summer, motorcyclists roar up the JFX at speeds exceeding 80 mph with exhausts approaching the decibel levels of aircraft jet engines. Yet there seems to be no attempt to put a stop to any of these violations.

With today's technology, night vision cameras, decibel level reading equipment are available. If installed at along the JFX they could stop this total disregard for the law and its effect on surrounding areas. It might even save a few lives.

When I brought this subject up to our local City Council member, I was advised to contact the Northwest district police headquarters. I got the feeling that the council person themselves couldn't be bothered.

On several occasions I have noticed city or state police on the highway while a motorcyclist roared by 20 to 30 mph over the speed limit. But the authorities never gave chase.

Aren't we faced with enough people already who feel that the laws don't apply to them? Suppose we all took this attitude? What a crazy world that would be.

Baltimore needs to step up to the plate and begin enforcing the speed limit for all vehicles, be they automobiles or motorcycles.

Sidney M. Levy, Baltimore

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