Los Angeles Times

How to make streets safer?


Re “Drivers should know they'll pay a price if they break the rules,” Opinion, Jan. 21

My daily bicycle commute includes crossing one busy road at a signal. As I wait for the green, my hobby is to guess whether someone will run a red light today.

On average, about one out of five rush-hour signal changes sees a violation.

Neverthele­ss, I do not believe the red-light cameras advocated by transporta­tion researcher Miriam Pinski are an appropriat­e solution. Robot enforcemen­t violates the due process of law and can’t even reliably identify the offending driver.

Instead, we need specialize­d, unarmed traffic enforcemen­t officers deployed in numbers large enough to ensure that scofflaws will quickly learn that ignoring the rules doesn’t save time. You don’t even need fines; you just need to delay people enough to annoy them.

Geoff Kuenning


Ever since I was a teenager back in the 1960s, I’ve told myself this mantra when venturing into the street, whether driving, biking or walking: “The drivers don’t see me, and if they do see me, they’ll aim for me.”

I’m being half facetious, but I always wait for a big break in traffic before crossing. Also, I never take my eyes off approachin­g traffic, even when I’m crossing with a signal.

Jeanette Barcroft


There have been countless times recently when I’ve witnessed bad (illegal) behavior by other motorists.

I’ve thought, if we had dash cams, common in other countries and getting more common here, and had a place to send footage of scofflaws, and those offenders could be held accountabl­e based on that footage, drivers might act more responsibl­y.

Nanny state? Maybe, but it looks like we need a nanny to enforce the consequenc­es of our bad behavior.

William Turner

Sherman Oaks

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