@LDS Liberal:"Depending on Law Enforcement is a Police
State."Then we live in a police state. I'd probably rob a bank
if it were not for the distinct possibly of getting caught.However,
I must say I rarely break speed limit laws.
Mike Richards | 10:45 a.m. Jan. 28, 2012 South Jordan, Utah Politicians work for us; we don't work for them. If they are out of line, they
should be "out of work".---Enforcement is the
key.============================ Hence --- the
problem.What about "Personal Responsiblity"?What
about "Self Descipline"?What about an "All Seeing
Eye"?What about "Obeying the Laws of the Land"?Laying blame on law enforcement for speeding is like blaming law
enforcement for drugs and bank robberies.Depending on Law
Enforcement is a Police State.Free socieities rely on a self-Policing
Citizenship.BTW- I commend you on your obedience.
@Mike Richards:Politicians work for us; we don't work for them. If
they are out of line, they should be "out of work."It's
pretty hard to move them out when they hand out goodies to the masses."He drove like an idiot for twenty miles so that he could be two car
lengths ahead!"Happens all the time."Had I
been a police officer..."Where are the darned police officers?
Hold up at Winchell's dunking donuts?"Pride - thinking that
you're better than everyone else on the road - seems to be the root of all
infractions."For some reason it seems more prevalent in Utah.
LDS Liberal:"Statitically 1/2 of those willfully violating
traffic and endangering others are fellow Latter-Day Saints."It's probably higher than that. These are the people who missed primary where
they shoulda learnt the 12th Article of Faith about 'obeying, honoring, and
sustaining the law.'Seems Utah Mormons are on perpetual ego trips
and especially on the freeways. "Get out of my way, can't you see that
this is my freeway?"
@Hutterite:"Laws, on the other hand, can be silly. Nonsensical.
Even stupid."Traffic laws are designed to minimize property
damage and save the lives of those who drive the highways and freeways.
Statistics show that most deaths on freeways are caused by speeding. So, are
traffic laws nonsensical and stupid, I ask ya?Slow down and live.
The life you save may be your own.@one old man:"As
soon as people realized the state was serious about enforcement and safety,
almost all drivers changed their ways."Utah could do that too
with a little effort. It would be nice to drive on the freeway and not think
you're gonna die any minute.
I agree with the writer and nothing ticks me off more than someone driving too
fast in a residential area where you never know when a kid might wander into the
street. But I wish Utah would learn the concept of a flashing red light. There
is a light that stops me every day 2-3 times where there is no traffic except
just before school starts at a HS and when it lets out. Really now, can I not be
trusted to look both ways and make a left turn without a green signal?
One old man is correct. There is no doubt that politicians deserve a great deal
of blame for failing to combat, and in some cases even leading the descent into
moral decay.The current left wing government has used entitlement
programs to create a general public that expects to be taken care of, rather
than working to provide for itself. This resulting laziness and idleness leads
to disobedience to law and the traditional moral code.What is
absolutely shocking is the number of people who think that Newt Gingrich is the
answer. Why this people think that a serial adulterer is the man to lead us out
of the moral abyss is beyond comprehension.Let us all resolve to
vote only candidates who honor all laws, whether civil law or moral law. That is
crucial to returning this Country to its traditional higher standard.
Politicians work for us; we don't work for them. If they are out of line, they
should be "out of work".---Enforcement is the
key. Almost everyday, I drive to Springville. Almost everyday, I am one of the
very few who keeps my vehicle at 55 MPH in the construction zone. Simple
enforcement of the speed limit would make 55 MPH an actual LIMIT, not a
suggestion.Just yesterday, someone was weaving in and out of
traffic, trying to get ahead. I watched him for over twenty miles. At the
Springville exit, he was waiting for the same stop light as I was, but he was
two cars in front of me. Two car lengths! He drove like an idiot for twenty
miles so that he could be two car lengths ahead!Had I been a police
officer, he would have been cited for improper lookout, for tail gating, for
speeding, for improper use of his turn signals, and if there is a ticket for
being an "idiot behind the wheel", he would have been cited for
that.Pride - thinking that you're better than everyone else on the
road - seems to be the root of all infractions.
JCS wrote: If we are to stop the general moral decay that is destroying this
Country, we must have a higher standard. A higher standard for ourselves, our
families, and our communities.John, you forgot one key element. How
Agreed -- Great letter, thanks!one old man | 8:50 a.m. Jan. 28, 2012
Ogden, UT Agreed.We lived in Seattle.Population was 6 times the size of Salt Lake, and highway fatalities were 1/2
what they are here.Not to mention -- less tailgating, less lane changing,
cutting off, swerving, and blinkers actually meant something. This, in a land
populated with Godless liberals.The selfish, self centered - Me-1st
- mentality, with blantant disregard for law and order seriously troubles me.
[Statitically 1/2 of those willfully violating traffic and endangering others
are fellow Latter-Day Saints.]And the next generation will take it
one step even further into Babylon.
If we are to stop the general moral decay that is destroying this Country, we
must have a higher standard. A higher standard for ourselves, our families, and
our communities.At its basic level, conforming to a higher standard
requires obedience to the law. Not just some laws, but all of them. we cannot
pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, whether they be laws
dealing with speeding, theft, or immigration.A failure to obey the
law inevitably leads to moral degeneracy in all areas. Aubstance abuse and
immorality quickly follow. Ideed, the rate for drunkenness, drug addiction,
co-habitation, and illegitimacy are all at epidemic levels.If we
want a society in which the masses behave like drunken sots with all the morals
of demented stoats, we should continue on the current course. If, on the other
hand, we want something better, we must demand that all members of society
conform to a higher standard.
I visited Wisconsin a couple of years ago and immediately noticed how courteous
drivers were in that state. No speeding or cutting in and out of lanes on
highways. I didn't see anyone blast through a red light as I see every day in
Utah. They actually slowed down in construction zones. So I asked a resident
why it was.His reply was that a few years earlier the legislature
had decided to get tough. They doubled or tripled fines for violations and put
more highway patrol officers on the roads. I don't remember the numbers, but
speeding was something like $25 for every mile over the speed limit. Running a
red light was a minimum of perhaps $800. Speeding in a construction zone was
something like $1000 to start. Fines for DUI were way, way up there.The result, he said, was that traffic accidents and fatalities dropped
precipitously. Insurance rates were cut by a whole bunch for everyone. He said that almost any time you see a car pulled over by police, it has
out of state plates on it. He also said that he frequently had to drive to
Illinois on business and when he does, he feels like he's on a suicide
mission.He said it took only a few months to see a real change in
driving habits. As soon as people realized the state was serious about
enforcement and safety, almost all drivers changed their ways.All I
can say is that driving in Wisconsin was a whole lot less stressful than trying
to do it in Utah.
Right on. Well written, thanks.
Wrong is always wrong. But that level of absolutism seldom applies in real life.
Laws, on the other hand, can be silly. Nonsensical. Even stupid. Laws are often
a result of someone who wants to add their idea of wrong to the list and impose
it on all of us. The result is a bunch of legislation many don't believe in, or