Punish traffic scofflaws

Why are there never police officers around when I see cars ignoring a yellow light and then actually continuing to drive through a red light? If police were in the vicinity would they take action?

I drive to work each day on a portion of Wrightsboro Road in west Augusta. I enter Wrightsboro from Jackson Road. Entering any of the intersections I traverse is like playing Russian roulette – what are your chances of being broadsided in this particular intersection by a motorist who has ignored his or her red signal because he or she deems it inconvenient to obey it? This is not occasional; I see it every day, at any given light. The Augusta Chronicle’s Bill Kirby even wrote a column about it recently.

There seems to be no penalty for this flagrant failure to obey traffic signals. Couldn’t our sheriff assign deputies to the worst-offending intersections? If tickets were written and fines paid, perhaps motorists would take notice. We have traffic cameras at a number of intersections; can they be tasked to take pictures of offenders? Maybe some of our taxes could be used to install cameras for this purpose.

Driver education classes used to teach that yellow meant prepare to stop. It seems that now yellow means, “Speed up so you don’t have stop,” and red means, “So what? I’m too important to stop.”

Come on, Sheriff Richard Roundtree! What’s more important than avoiding the kind of accident that took three children’s lives on River Watch Parkway one year ago? Running a red light should be more than a minor infraction; it can mean the difference between life and death. And the life you save could be mine!

 

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