Police radar catching ‘lead foots’
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