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I am generally a supporter of speed cameras, but this strikes me as unreasonable. If the goal of the cameras is to change driver behavior, then the city needs to give you a chance to change your behavior before slamming you with multiple tickets. Unfortunately, there may be nothing you can do about it. I’m not sure whether the city adjudicators would have discretion to take mercy on you, but I think they should.
Also, I think one problem with speed cameras is that speed limits are often set too low. I think the limits were traditionally set with the assumption that people would actually go over the limit. In other words, if the goal is 35 mph, then they might set the limit at 30. If there is going to be bright line enforcement, then the speed limits should be adjusted to a more reasonable level. Thirty on 16th Street is too low, in my opinion.