Even though I often disagree with some of the views expressed by the columnist in The Collegian, I unusually read them to get a sense of how others think. But Wednesday’s column by Johnathan Kastner, “Machines determining guilt” was just sad. Like a kid with his had in the cookie jar, his only regret seems to be that he got caught.
Barring an emergency situation, there is never any reason to run a red light. The minor inconvenience of waiting a few extra seconds for the light to turn green is nothing compared with the danger of causing an accident by disobeying the law.
His assertion that ‘the machines are taking over’ is also greatly misplaced. The purpose of those traffic cameras is to catch drivers breaking the law, while at the same time freeing up police officers to deal with more dire situations. To complain that is it ‘unfair’ when one is punished for doing something wrong is childish and wholly lacking in taking responsibility for ones actions; a problem that is becoming endemic among many in our culture.
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