Like the patriotic Bostonians who threw tea into the harbor, American citizens are once again tweaking the nose of big government, this time in Maryland. A Wicomico County patriot painted “1776″ over a speeding camera, blocking the view of the cameras that catch drivers committing the victimless crime of speeding past an inanimate object.
According to WBOC-TV, speed cameras in Wicomico County raked in $40,000 for the police department last year, funding computers, a K-9 unit and uniforms.
This isn’t the only location in Maryland where speed cameras have come under attack. In Tacoma Park, a camera that issued more than 1,000 tickets in less than three months was spray painted black last month, WJLA-TV reported.
“We hate them! And this camera taking a hundred dollars here and a hundred dollars there. Money coming out and not coming in! We are gonna feel it — everybody feels it!” David McKenzie of Hyattsville told the news station.
Despite costing taxpayers millions every year in productive capital, more and more counties across the country are installing the unconstitutional cameras to bilk taxpayers. A Florida judge last year found red-light cameras unconstitutional and a movement has sprung up across the nation to fight the Orwellian encroachment on due process and the sixth amendment.