Windsor Star

Without enforcemen­t, laws have no meaning


Re: Sidewalk-Riding Cyclists Should Be Ticketed, Sept. 11, by Ken Kilbreath. You are right, Mr. Kilbreath. People who ignore the law should be ticketed.

There is no enforcemen­t. I watched a cyclist cross Walker Road one morning against a red light, cross half the north side of the road and then midway, turn and bike over to the south side. No enforcemen­t.

There is a helmet law. No enforcemen­t.

Riding on the wrong side of the road. No enforcemen­t. Cyclists riding the sidewalk, then shooting across the crosswalk — a fatality in the making. No enforcemen­t.

Riding bikes on the sidewalks is an issue, but only a small portion of Windsor’s problem. Automobile­s run red lights. Drivers zoom through stop signs and, when reminded of the fact, usually give you the finger. No enforcemen­t.

Pedestrian­s walk against “Don’t Walk” signs. No enforcemen­t.

Enforcemen­t is the city’s problem. Ask yourself: “What is the rule?” What is the speed limit on the 401? One sign says 100 km/h. A little later, a sign says you will not lose points unless you exceed 120 km/h. In reality, this amounts to a speed limit of 119.9 km/h.

What’s enforced becomes the rule, the law. If one can, with impunity, do what he/she pleases on city streets and sidewalks, then although the laws are on the books, the laws cease to exist and their rare enforcemen­t becomes arbitrary and unfair. Licensing and more fees is not the answer; enforcemen­t is. City hall, this is your problem. Fix it. CLAUDE BASTIEN


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