Po­lice radar catch­ing ‘lead foots’

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Opinion -

I used to write these let­ters a long time ago. Now, I’m do­ing it one more time.

I’m writ­ing this let­ter to all you “lead foots” out there, that know it or don’t re­al­ize it. Clockville Road is be­ing watched once again with radar by New York State Troop­ers! They may be sit­ting in my drive­way once or twice a week, or maybe ev­ery two weeks here and there. You never know.

Why, you ask? Well, do­ing high 40s, 50s, and say 60-plus mph in a 30 mph zone, that is why! At 45 mph, you are al­ready 15 over the speed limit, and at 50 or 60 mph, well, you do the math. Ticket time is a good pos­si­bil­ity.

I guess peo­ple just don’t know when a NYS Trooper or other po­lice of­fi­cer might be sit­ting some­where at any time. Do you? I know I don’t. But when they are, are you “be­hav­ing?” I mean, are you speed­ing, are you on the phone? Have your seat belt on?

I know these of­fi­cers have much more to do than watch for speed­ers, etc. But when they have a few ex­tra min­utes here and there, they could be sit­ting on YOUR back road that goes into YOUR home town or vil­lage.

How can I say it — these of­fi­cers are not out to pick on you or my­self, but to en­force the speed limit laws and to pro­tect you! If you get caught do­ing 50- 60 mph in a 30 mph zone by radar, you bet­ter have a darn good rea­son why. Maybe you and the of­fi­cer can work it out, de­pend­ing on what it is, or face the speed­ing ticket and pos­si­bly other tick­ets.

I would like to thank the two NYS Troop­ers who have been slow­ing down speed­ers on Clockville Road. I won’t say their names, but they know who they are.

They are just do­ing their job, just like you would be in their shoes. True or false?

So to all you speed­ers out there: Be­ware. They are watch­ing you some­where, and at some­time you could be on their watch list!

Fi­nally, to say no one’s per­fect, my neigh­bors and my­self don’t al­ways do 30 mph in a 30 zone. We all roughly do maybe 35 to 45 tops. When you back out of your drive­way and no one is there, then sud­denly there’s some­one on your back bumper and tail­gat­ing, you’re like “where the heck did they come from?” I would say “hah” and “where are the cops?” when this hap­pens. They will get you sooner or later!

So, all I can say is that the troop­ers’ lee­way is around 45 mph. Any­thing in the up­per 40s and above, be ready for a pull over and a ticket.

Don’t be on their ticket list!

Don­nie Zu­pan, Clockville

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