Opinion: Face covering for religious reasons stymies speed cameras

We all know that speeding vehicles are a life-threatening problem.

We also know that camera enforcement programs have lots of problems, from accurately identifying all drivers and vehicles, to fool proof notification of violations.

However, there is a relatively new problem that has arisen; namely, the driver with a full face covering who claims religious rights.

Obviously, a driver with a fully covered face cannot be easily identified.  Therefore, speed camera programs that are based on driver identification are fatally flawed, unless all drivers are required to drive with uncovered faces.

Failure to prohibit drivers with full face coverings, essentially amounts to a free pass for drivers who claim religious rights to be covered.  And that means unfair treatment of everyone else.

Drivers with full face coverings, regardless of why, are a problem for speed camera enforcement programs.  Full face coverings are also a problem in a number of other areas, including the identification of crime suspects by victims, witnesses, and police.

Clearly, this is an emerging and growing issue that needs to be addressed, before we are faced with multiple unmanageable problems.

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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