Try Obeying the Rules
I love Andy Thomas’ columns, but I need to comment about his 25 mph limit opinion (July 22). Changing speed limits won’t make any difference as most folks don’t obey the current limit, and they surely won’t change just because the signs change.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who obeys the speed limits, and I’m the guy who always comes to a complete stop at the stop sign. People are constantly tailgating me, blowing horns, passing where there are double yellow lines and adding insult to injury by giving me the finger because I’m driving too slowly.
Speed limits and no texting are laws, I believe, but who cares about laws, as they have been de-fanged because violations don’t provide for mandatory punishment?
Some sort of monetary fines are probably provided for speeders, but this isn’t effective for the well-to-do’s with unlimited funds, who don’t care about fines.
I suggest establishing a “table of minimum punishment” for traffic violations, e.g., $25 for first offenders, $50, then $100 for second and third offenders. For the fourth offense, impound the vehicle for 30 days, regardless of vehicle ownership. The impound fee would not matter to some, but the loss of the vehicle for 30 days might make some impression.
I realize violating traffic laws might seem insignificant, but where does it end? Wouldn’t some of this provide for a perfect world and safer highways?
Enough. I’m stepping down from my soap box and hoping that everyone will just use good judgment while driving safely and reasonably.
It’s not that difficult. Try it, you might like it.
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