Comment 6517

By Downtowner (registered) | Posted April 28, 2007 at 16:54:28

I think the real problem is lack of education and lack of enforcement of the rules. Police concentrate so much on setting up speed traps in certain areas that other violations are ignored. How many times have we seen drivers, pedestrians and cyclists breaking the law and there is never a cop around when you need one? But there is always a cop with a radar gun set up at a location where road conditions promote high speed. In other words, a road where the mojority of drivers are capable of deciding for themselves what speed is safe, regardless of what the sign says. The officer sits there and waits for the speeders to come to him, instead of actively patrolling for violators.

This is revenue generation, pure and simple. It has nothing to do with safey. When is the last time anybody got a ticket for following too close, failing to signal, making an improper turn, or not stopping at a stop sign? What about all the cyclists who ride right through stop signs and red lights? What about all the jaywalking pedestrians? Would it kill them to wait a minute for the light to change?

I was taught in school to only cross at the corners and to wait until there were no cars coming. People today cross the street wherever they damn well please, approaching cars be damned. There are lots of inattentive drivers on the road and when a pedestrian decides to step on the road in front of one that's when they get killed. The speed the car is travelling is not going to matter when the driver has poor vision or is too busy fiddling with the stereo or cell phone to notice the I-Pod wearing fool walking out in front of them. Everyone needs to wake up and pay attention, not just drivers.

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