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I was surprised and disturbed by Robert Arbuckle's letter (Forum April 17) in which he called photo radar a "filthy cancer." While I agree with his assertion that traffic tickets are a financial burden and raise insurance rates, it is a small cost in comparison to the injuries and deaths that may occur when one chooses to speed. This is the real "blood money."

Traffic laws exist to protect our communities and reduce the risk of harm to ourselves and others. If we choose to break the law, we not only risk getting a speeding ticket, we also risk the safety of others.Rather than blaming legal authority or labeling photo radar "evil," we should drive the speed limit. Perhaps the real cancer in our society is the attitude that one can break the law without accepting responsibility for the consequences.

Catherine White