More police presence along roads will make things safer for all of us
Perhaps I have been silent too long as a member of the “silent majority” because I can no longer sit back and watch people dying on our highways every day without voicing my opinion.
It used to be a major event to read about a highway death in our local newspaper, but now it has become a weekly occurrence that should not be accepted by a civilized society. We condemn other deaths caused by violent crime, especially the ones caused by weapons, but we do nothing about the daily carnage on our highways that claim many more lives.
Have we become so accustomed to someone dying from an auto accident that the news barely wrinkles our brow? Has modern society become so bereft of human compassion that we tolerate a tragic death on our highways as an acceptable occurrence? Can a human life be considered so unimportant that we have to experience the tragedy personally before it finally sinks in?
I say it’s time for the “silent majority” to take a stand and do something about it. I know that my words will probably fall on deaf ears, but I have to appeal to anyone who feels the same way I do about this subject.
There are many contributing factors to auto accidents, but excessive speed, distracted driving, inattention and people who are just in too much of a hurry to consider that there are other people on the highway have been the causes of most auto accidents.
I submit the following proposal to help curtail the highway carnage because it is obvious what is causing it: An immediate increase of police presence on the highway in marked cruisers moving with the traffic will slow drivers down to the speed limit and make them aware that auto violations will not be tolerated. An immediate increase in the funding for local law enforcement to add deputies to patrol the highway along with modern cruisers that provide the technology and comfort to make a deputy’s job more professional and rewarding.
I am painfully aware that all of this increased highway surveillance will cost money. And as much as I dislike the word “taxes,” I am willing to accept a tax increase to see our highways safe for everyone, especially our future generations of drivers. I have always been a big supporter of law enforcement officers, who rightfully deserve our respect for going above and beyond the call of duty. These dedicated individuals seem to be the only answer to our problem on the highway.
Give them your total support, both physically and mentally, and provide the financial support to enable them to be an effective group. If we do this, perhaps we will see a day when driving in Southern Maryland and everywhere else in this country is a safe and pleasant experience. Samuel R. “Sal” Pistachio, Mechanicsville