Bring On the Fines for Fools

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Regarding Michael Haynes’ March 18, 2010 article [“Ruling the Road,” Shot of Urban], my mother was injured by a non-yielding motorist turning right-on-red at Henley and Cumberland. Every day I drive Chapman Highway where Sevier and Blount County motorists exceed the posted 45 mph speed limit by 15-20 mph. Work days I’m a downtown pedestrian dodging cyclists and motorists (including buses and trolleys) who ignore stop signs, crosswalks, and travel the wrong way down one-way streets, and have even had cyclists force me from the sidewalk onto the street.

What flummoxes me are those opposed whenever law enforcement seeks a means to enforce traffic laws like red-light cameras and the proposed super-speeder bill. Their ignorant outcry is either: It’s a means for generating revenue, or an invasion of privacy. Both are non-issues. If you are not breaking the law then none of these enforcement methods are going to affect you. No revenue is generated. If money is the issue, then penalize traffic violations with 50-100 points on a driving record.

Current fees are just a slap on the hand. I know people who have gotten at least 10 red-light camera tickets. If our government officials don’t see the need for these law-enforcement measures, then we have to question why we have these traffic laws to begin with. Perhaps we just need to do away with speed limits, traffic lights, crosswalks, stop signs, etc. Post signs that say “Travel at your own risk.” As for me, I want to add speed, stop sign, crosswalk, tailgating, wrong way, lane jockey, non-yielding, merge, and fools cameras.

Terry Caruthers

Knoxville

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