The Simple Answer: Just Obey the Law
The Pilot article and the interview with Capt. Floyd Thomas regarding the enforcement activities of the Pinehurst Police Department (June 19) deserve further comment.
A few months ago, a citizen cited the rationale and rather alarming statistical results of check points for the year 2010 in a letter to The Pilot. The violation record was downright scary if you care about life safety on the road. Mind you, these check points were a total of 16 hours for the entire year!
For the current year, DWI arrests are down: six in 2010, two through May 2011, and some reduction has been seen with other offenses. The system appears to be working as far as cracking down on irresponsible driving is concerned. So-called “hidden observations” are done to inhibit drivers from believing that they can violate the law with impunity if no police cruiser is in sight. Complaints about police attitude (rudeness, etc.) have been few in number, and at least two were proven to be false when the video of the stop was reviewed. (Apparently many people are unaware that video cams record the stops.)
The answer to the complaints is very simple: Obey the law!
No one has the right to endanger others with inappropriate driving behavior.
One further comment is in order. The court system does not inhibit bad habits. One only needs to read The Pilot’s “Police Blotter” to appreciate this. I refer to the farce of “improper equipment.” When queried, the answer given is specious at best (don’t want the insurance companies to “profit” from law violation through the point system).
This practice has created a virtual annuity plan for attorneys and is where we should be complaining loudly.
Strict law enforcement benefits law-abiding citizens.
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