I need to use the invention ENFORCEMENT CAMERA to answer the following question-
Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy?
I have to use the question to:
1. Develop a thesis statement and 3 strong supporting subtopics.
2. Create a topic sentence outline (scheme strategy).
3. Prepare a first-draft essay.
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Traffic Enforcement Cameras
As you research your topic, your first decision will need to be whether you approve of most current uses of enforcement cameras, disapprove, or feel that some uses of them are justified but that they can infringe on the rights of citizens if their use is not restricted by clear and uniform guidelines. Your thesis statement for the paper should reflect this position. Your next step in prewriting should be doing research, looking for newspaper or magazine stories discussing uses of enforcement cameras and relevant law suits to obtain examples of actual cases to discuss rather than relying exclusively on hypothetical examples. Once you have your research complete, you would begin writing your outline and then expand it into an essay. The sections I would recommend for this assignment are:
Introduction: In your introduction you should state a thesis such as "While enforcement cameras can reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities, careful regulation of their use is necessary to prevent their being abused fir purposes outside their immediate mission.
Use and Effectiveness of Enforcement Cameras: Your second section should be purely factual, giving background information concerning how cameras are used, how many have been installed, and the degree to which they are effective in accident prevention. This section should also distinguish between use of cameras as a safety tool and as a revenue collecting tool. For example, a camera system used to enforce payment of road tolls is a revenue collection tool while a speeding camera is a safety tool.
Legal Concerns: A landmark decision in 2007 by the European Court of Human Rights determined that enforcement cameras do not violate the right to privacy. Several procedural concerns about how tickets are issued, however, have resulted in lawsuits limiting the use of the cameras in Florida. In this section you might also address any recent law suits in the region where you live.
Potential for Abuse: Some uses of cameras are uncontroversial. If you enter an electronic toll road that has a large sign explaining that cameras are used to photograph your license plates to collect toll payments, by entering the toll road, you consent to their use of cameras; if you do not wish to have your plates photographed for this purpose, you can take another route. Non-voluntary systems such as stop light cameras pose greater concerns. Here, your main arguments such focus on what data systems should store, for how long, and with whom operators of such cameras can share data.
Conclusion: This section should contain your final recommendations.
Washington Post: Several articles on both sides of issue
American Civil Liberties Union: Moderate position expressing concerns about possible abuses
American Traffic Solutions: Pro-camera website by a manufacturer of traffic cameras
National Motorists Association: An advocacy organization opposed to cameras, inter alia.
BBC: Story about European Court of Human Rights Decision