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Why motorists need red-light cameras

To the editor: I disagree with State Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach). We should continue and expand the use of any deterrents that help drivers remember the rules. Red-light cameras, dummy squad cars and motorcycle officers posted in high-traffic areas all help minimize accidents and road rage. ("New red-light cameras would be banned under California bill," March 6)

Unfortunately, many drivers these days do not have an inner locus of control — they don't or won't police themselves. Red-light cameras help these drivers remember the law and common sense, just as the sight of law enforcement causes drivers to slow down.

Some drivers need a "big mother" to remind them to play by the rules.

Genie Saffren, Los Angeles

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