The Times-Tribune

Put brakes on radar


Editor: You are a “speeder.” Shame on you. You should be ticketed and fined repeatedly.

At least that’s what the radar lobby thinks.

You probably don’t think you’re a speeder, do you? You drive at a speed you feel safe at, don’t you? Most of the time you are right, since real speeding only causes about 1.6% of all the accidents, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administra­tion data.

The radar lobby sees things in terms of how much money can be made from ticketing the 98.4% of safe drivers, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The numbers on speed limit signs are lower than the safe speeds that you decide to drive every time you get into your car and that makes you a speeder. The numbers on the speed limit signs are there to make it easier to write speeding tickets.

The state Legislatur­e is trying hard to give radar to municipal police to facilitate ticket-writing. One tactic is to proclaim, “Everyone is speeding,” and many people think this is true. It is not true and drivers need to fight back.

Tell your representa­tive to vote no on Senate Bill 607, radar for municipal police, or there will be speed traps everywhere.


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