Reader sug­gests more ef­fi­cient use for Rome po­lice of­fi­cers

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Afew weeks ago, I got a speed­ing ticket. Did I de­serve it? Yes. I was go­ing down the road a little faster than I should and got bagged by one of Rome’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Bri­gade. The of­fi­cer was cour­te­ous and even gave me a break, which I ap­pre­ci­ated.

How­ever, after read­ing the “Ro­man Wreck­ord” and count­ing the 40- 70 wrecks ev­ery week, I won­der if run­ning speed traps is an ef­fi­cient use of Rome and Floyd County po­lice. Day after day after day, I see peo­ple with their faces planted in their phones, drift­ing into the op­po­site lanes on turns, run­ning stop signs, re- fus­ing to move right, and my per­sonal fa­vorite, not us­ing a turn sig­nal.

I checked on fines in At­lanta. In­clud­ing the “sur­charges,” fail­ing to use a turn sig­nal is a $ 189.78 fine, im­proper lane change is $ 250.63, fail­ure to yield is $250.53, fail­ure to yield to a pedes­trian ( think Broad Street) is $427.50.

In­stead of run­ning speed traps, po­si­tion that of­fi­cer at any stop sign or any in­ter­sec­tion on Shorter- Turner McCall. It would be like print­ing money and pre­vent more ac­ci­dents. I watched a woman tex­ting, drift­ing, slow­ing down and just not pay­ing at­ten­tion. The city cof­fers would’ve had another $250.63 (at least). Now, I don’t know if the fines are the same in Rome and Floyd County, but writ­ing ci­ta­tions for these of­fenses would bet­ter serve the community than hav­ing that of­fi­cer sit­ting and wait­ing for some­one com­ing down a vir­tu­ally empty road a little too fast. Jeff A. Heiser Rome

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