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Joyce Coomer: In defense of law enforcement

There are many other things they have to attend to during the run of a day and speeders, overall, aren't as urgent a problem as other things -- like illegal drugs. - Joyce M. Coomer
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By Joyce M. Coomer

While law enforcement personnel in the county do need to be aware of speeders and stop and ticket people for speeding, they simply cannot spend all their time at one location. There are many other things they have to attend to during the run of a day and speeders, overall, aren't as urgent a problem as other things -- like illegal drugs.

Use of electronic communication while driving bigger hazard

There are people who would never exceed a posted speed limit yet can be more of a hazard on a roadway than a speeder -- they may use electronic communication devices while driving, they may not be as attentive as they should be even if they aren't doing anything while driving, or they may simply not ever notice what is around them no matter what they are doing.

The only thing that can be done about those people is to ban the use of electronic communication devices while driving to eliminate one distraction. Even if a person is driving at or slower than a posted speed limit, and not utilizing an electronic communication device, how is any law enforcement personnel supposed to be able to tell whether or not that person is paying attention to what is around them?

Inattentive drivers are hazard

A few months ago, I witnessed a wreck on Greensburg Street. The lady in front of me was a careful driver. She came over Jamestown hill at about 25 mph, slowed when coming onto the square, and when she started out Greensburg Street, she was driving a little slower. Another lady, desiring to turn left onto Greensburg Street from Monroe Street, had already nearly pulled out in front of a full-size pickup truck and backed up to get her vehicle out of the lane of traffic on Greensburg Street.

I saw that happen and slowed down myself. The lady on Monroe Street then pulled out into Greensburg Street and hit the car in front of me. If I hadn't been attentive to what was going on around me, I might have been traveling fast enough to have hit the car in front of me. And, I will add -- no one was speeding.

Unknown cause accidents, truth be told, likely from inattentive driving

At lot of accidents listed under unknown causes, if everything was told, are most likely the result of inattentiveness on the part of one or more drivers. As drivers, pedestrians, shoppers, and employees, everyone needs to be attentive to what is around them at all times of the day, no matter where they are or what they are doing.

- Joyce M. Coomer

This story was posted on 2018-09-05 21:22:13
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