Drivers flying through red lights present hazard

Friday , July 06, 2012 - 4:58 PM

Ronald S. Rankin

Editor,

I would like to add my support to the writer of the July 6 letter, "Cops go after speeders, ignore other lawbreakers." The writer asked why the police seem to only concentrate on speeders while letting other violations, especially running red lights, just slide. While I realize that gross speeding increases the incidence and severity of accidents, I am astounded how often I see people flagrantly running red lights and getting away with it. I have even witnessed this with a cop car idling next to me or nearby, on more than one occasion.

I don’t know what the officers might have been working on, but it wasn’t the intersections involved. Instead they seem interested in nailing someone on a deserted street at night doing 45 in a 30 m.p.h. zone. Just the other day in Ogden, I was nearly hit, turning left, by someone grossly speeding through the intersection at least a couple seconds after the light had turned red for him. I couldn’t turn sooner since another car was turning ahead of me (and made it).

It is not just the fault of the police. Utah legislators arguing against intersection cameras as an intrusion on privacy have their priorities messed up. Their priorities might change if one or more of their family members were killed by a "T-bone" accident from someone flying through an intersection. I sat in the CAT scan emergency reading chair at a busy local hospital for several years, and I can’t tell you how many scans on the victims of T-boning I have read, and I still see them at a smaller hospital.

It is not a right or a game to run red lights and fly through intersections. Frankly, I wish the cops would nail everyone who does.

Ronald S. Rankin, M.D.

Layton

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