Saturday, May 29, 2004

Pet Peeve of the Day

I live on a corner lot, so I get to see the stupid way that people drive from most of my windows.

Of particular concern to me is the fact that our STOP signs seem to be invisible to most of the motorists that cut through our neighbourhood. Well, I suppose the signs become just a sort of pinkish blur as the drivers race past them.

I'm waiting for someone to explain to me what the deal is with running stop signs and red lights. It gets worse every year. In fact, where I live, it's pretty normal to see four or five cars breeze through every red light.

I was very pleased when the town put in red-light cameras last year. Not that I believe in outsourcing law enforcement. But the situation has gotten so bad that I figure any deterrent is better than nothing. Plus I'd like the bastards nailed.

Of course, there was the "invasion of privacy" debate. But the town installed the cameras at some of the most dangerous insections and waited for the fines to roll in.

I can't say that I noticed that they were much of a deterrent. People still ignored the red lights, just as always. By all rights, the town should have made a decent amount on the fines. But here's the thing: the freakin' cameras weren't functioning properly and most of the red-light runners were never recorded.

So, the town took the cameras down.

I don't have a solution to this problem. I just keep hoping that someone will come up with one because it's freakin' dangerous out there.

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