Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Bill proposed to use traffic cameras in criminal cases
Cameras can be compared to witnesses
I am firmly supportive of citizens having their privacy. I also believe that one’s behavior in public is not private and that using traffic cameras in order to provide solid proof for a murder case, or any criminal act for that matter, is totally necessary and appropriate [“Bill would allow traffic-camera footage to be used in crime cases,” NWWednesday, Jan. 23].
I find it preposterous to suggest that this would be an invasion of privacy. Just the same as a witness to a crime would testify in court, the video footage is just another way to keep our streets safe and people’s integrity in check. Although there is the question of how far law enforcement will take these privileges, I believe safety should always be considered first and foremost. But the footage should only be allowed review by law enforcement if there is previous evidence that would suggest the tape or video may be of some use for further evidence.
People who are opposed to this are merely afraid of being held accountable. Following the law and living within their limits is something that should be paid constant attention to, not only when others are watching.
--Haylee Baker, Poulsbo