City tries to infringe upon Civil Liberties


In today’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle there is an article titled “Right Light on Cameras in Panel”. Basically, it deals with the city of Bozeman, MT wanting to keep its red light cameras from October. The city agreed to a contract with an Arizona based company called Redflex. The legislature made it illegal a month ago for cities across Montana to keep red light cameras. Bozeman didn’t want to break its contact with Redflex, so they put forth an amendment in the legislature.

This amendment failed to pass both houses, which is a big victory for the citizens of Bozeman and across Montana. I believe we are moving forward to protect our rights from the local government. And the citizens can thank our legislature for acting upon this issue in a timely manner.

One thing, I find very disturbing about the amendment is Bozeman would exempt itself from getting rid of the cameras. The reason why- city officials claim, it will keep down traffic violations such as running red lights not witnessed by police officers. I personally do not believe their argument. Yeah, people will always be running red lights, but what matters here is our freedoms are in jeopardy.

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