Posted Sep 17th 2012 2:58PM
Say this about the residents of Prince George's County, Maryland: they really don't like speed cameras. According to the Washington Post, disgruntled citizens have shot at a camera with a gun, set one on fire and even, allegedly, fired glass marbles in a speed camera's direction.
The solution? Another set of cameras, naturally.
In a meta moment of governmental decision making which we think that Xzibit meme-makers are bound to enjoy, officials in the Washington, D.C. suburb are positioning cameras to monitor the well-being of the speed cameras.
So far, one of the new cameras has been installed, with some dozen more planned. Officials contend that the loss of a speed camera is expensive – sources cite a replacement cost of between $30,000 and $100,000 for each unit – as well as creating a safety hazard in the community. No figures were provided for the cost of installing the speed-camera-monitoring camera, however.