The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
Against Vision Zero
Again, some of our lawmakers are up to their old sly tricks at the state Capitol. A group with the unlikely name of “Vision Zero Council” and comprised of only state employees, and no one from the general public, has formulated HB 5917, “An Act Implementing The Recommendations Of The Vision Zero Council.”
This group has put together a number of measures that includes the installation of red light cameras at certain intersections (which will most definitely negatively impact the inner cities), the installation of speed cameras (an obvious invasion of personal privacy), a universal helmet bill for motorcyclists (with absolutely no reliable documented data to back this up), increased powers for the commissioner of transportation under eminent domain, as well as mandated state programs for municipalities without any additional state funding. Most of these proposals have a long legislative history with little or no success, at best. Many lawmakers refer to such legislation as a “Christmas tree” bill.
With little or no private sector input, Gov. Lamont is trying an end round vote on very obviously unpopular issues. According to the Webster dictionary, “zero vision” is defined as “without sight.” Obviously, this group has lost sight of public concerns and wishes, or at minimum, could care less about any public input.
Speaking of Webster, the governor wants to replace Nathan Hale, Connecticut’s state hero, with the aforementioned father of the dictionary, Noah Webster. Even the dictionary doesn’t equate it’s founder with a heroic deed.
I urge those who have a concern with this dastardly proposal to contact their own state representative and let them know that you strongly oppose this House Bill 5917, and the extent of the negative fallout it will bring about. Leave a message at minimum, and courteously so, too. This is about control, not about representing the best interests of the constituency. Make no mistake about this.
Geoff Viscount Milford