It has long been said that crime doesn’t pay. Yet some suburban Atlanta officials have discovered that good behavior does not pay well either.

According to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, five towns in Gwinnett County, Ga., are cutting out or back on photo-enforced traffic lights.

Accidents at those intersections in Suwanee, Duluth, Lilburn, Snellville and Norcross have been greatly reduced. However, the stricter obedience of drivers has resulted in less income from traffic violations.

Therefore, officials say, they are not receiving the expected income needed to fund the omnipresent eyes-in-the-sky.

The bottom-line lesson is that we all behave better when we know someone is watching.

That’s why parents and Sunday school teachers love to quote Proverbs 15:3 (English Standard Version): “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

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