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I am writing in response to the article from Feb. 19, “Olney speed cameras are top revenue generators in county.”

The thing that bothered me most about the article was the contradictory statement by Capt. Thomas Didone stating, “he believes the cameras are effective in reducing speed.”

Let’s look at the numbers again and tell me how speed cameras are helping to reduce speeding.

In 2012, there were 64,592 tickets issues (for $2,583,680 in fines). The 2013 numbers are up 11 percent or approximately 71,697 tickets for $2,867,884 in fines (or $3,000,000 in fines per the article).

How in the world can Didone say that speed cameras reduce speeding when the numbers show speeding is increasing?

Has any reader ever noticed that when you see a marked police car you tend to either check your speed or slow down? There is the solution, put more officers on the streets in marked cruisers. For the money collected, the county could fund additional officers and actually reduce speeding.

Do something that truly works to reduce speeding instead of contradicting yourself [Capt. Didone] about the real reason the money machines are installed. The money is not going into the county to reduce speeding; it is just going into the coffers for the council.

Gerry Adcock, Olney