(Toledo, OH) As I have mentioned before, there lurks deep within me the makings of either an anarchist or a libertarian, and when I saw this spontaneous protest against Toledo's red-light camera program, I must admit that I smiled. This is also a less destructive method of protest, unlike the actions of the Knoxville man who allegedly shot a red-light camera after he was photographed by the device.
This particular red-light camera is mounted at the corner of Secor and Laskey Roads in West Toledo, and is designed to document the actions of motorists driving north on Secor. My guess is that the creator of the protest sign was likely the recipient of an automated ticket, but the concerns about the infringement upon civil liberties of motorists admittedly are shared by many people who have never been ticketed in such a manner.
The Toledo program is expected to generate revenue of $2.2 million in revenue if a proposal by the Toledo Police Department is implemented. The plan calls for additional cameras and an increase in the ticket for a red-light camera infraction from $95 to $120. This is quite a bit of money drained from the local economy, and consumers who might be buying a new HD television set or a plasma tv lift instead send off checks to the government.
While this protest is hardly akin to the greatest moments in American political protest, it is indeed heartening to see individuals speaking out against the encroachment of the state upon the rights of citizens, especially in the crass, money-grubbing extortion known as Toledo's red-light camera program. Of course, I should also add that the sign-hanger could also face a $75 fine in Toledo for posting this illegal sign, as Toledo is quickly becoming the capital of the legislative creation of penny-ante infractions and misdemeanors.