The Speed Camera Protest

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient...(1 Timothy 1:9) This admonishing was given to Timothy by the apostle Paul of the things he should be aware of throughout his ministry. I love this scripture as it reminds me that laws are put in place for offenders and that they will be rewarded as such.

What brought about this revelation is the latest boo-hoo of some Chicago residents who opposes red-light/speeding cameras throughout the city. According to WLS-TV, a group of Chicago residents called "Citizens to Abolish Red-Light Cameras" held a protest on the South Side, asking drivers to sign petitions against the cameras. They are calling for the immediate removal of all red-light and speed cameras throughout the city as they believe the cameras are a violation of citizen's constitutional rights.

What's troubling to me is the people who oppose are not looking at the big picture. They are so caught up with being "violated" that they are not realizing or considering that this is a safety measure for everyone. I recall being caught driving through a red light (not intentionally) at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Division Street. I wasn't aware of this until I received a ticket in the mail and before I could huff and puff about it, the notice also provided me with the link to review my mishap. I admit that being caught on tape gave me a creepy feeling but it taught me later on to be more careful.

I am personally okay with speed cameras being in place. If you are not in agreement, ask yourself, "Why?" Or, "What do I have to hide?" Getting back to Paul's instruction to Timothy, if you are a righteous person, you should have nothing to worry about. Think of it this way: The next time you speed through a red light, you could instantly injure or kill someone on impact.

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