Soon you will be watched every time you drive through certain Lubbock County intersections.
Here's What's Happening
Lubbock County Commissioners have voted to install cameras at certain Lubbock intersections that will film all cars and/or their license plates. Those videos will then be stored by a third party for thirty days. There's no explanation as to how video will be retrieved, and examined, or how much all of this will cost (at least not that I can find).
I couldn't help but roll my eyes that one of the claims was being made that this was being done "to protect us from people who are coming here to do things to our children" which is what all politicians say to get votes while ignoring that evidence that the real abuse happens within families and community groups.
Will Any Good Come Of This?
It will be interesting to see if this helps law enforcement. I suppose it could, but much like many home security units, it doesn't prevent anything, it only helps track or prosecute people after the fact. I would imagine that we will also be sued to provide footage to insurance companies and other interested parties should something happen on camera.
What Do You Have To Worry About?
"Hey, if you're not doing anything wrong, then what's your problem being filmed". <That my friends is the most Big Brother/Big Government invasion-of-your-privacy-loophole that has ever been written, spoken, and/or thought of. How about this? How about we film your house? If you're not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't mind. How about we film you in public bathrooms? If you're not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't mind.
We Could Do Better
Don't think for a minute I'm anti-law enforcement, in fact, it's my guess, that for the cost of this program, we could put another deputy on the streets that could stop crimes AS THEY HAPPEN. We could be putting money into the pocket of an existing law enforcement person who might be thinking about leaving Lubbock for better pay. I'd feel a heck of a lot better, and I'm sure "the children" would be a heck of a lot safer with more REAL police.
The Final Verdict
This does appear to be a lousy decision, that invades your privacy, will be rarely utilized, and become an ongoing expense. Bring the funds back and give them to the Lubbock County Sheriff's office.
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