Allow me to propose a way to resolve our city's budget crisis, fully fund education, and get a pretty good start on retiring the national debt. Let's just enforce the traffic laws on city streets and use the fines to pay the bills. Perhaps a flippant overstatement of the financial benefits, but a deadly serious subject nonetheless.
There can be no disagreement that speeding on city streets is epidemic. When was the last time you saw somebody actually come to a full stop before executing a right on red? How about red lights and stop signs? And God help you if you happen to be a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Lest anyone think I exaggerate, consider the recent tragic and appalling story of the couple, one killed and the other seriously injured in a crosswalk near UCSD by a red light runner "” a story that is sadly replicated too many times throughout an average year here in San Diego. The list is endless and the consequences too sad to contemplate.
Also endless is the list of benefits that would derive from wider compliance to traffic laws"” enhanced public safety at the top and reduced accidents with a corresponding reduction in insurance premiums, to name just a couple.
I know the police department has plenty of other high-priority items on their agenda, but it seems to me that we need to step up to this one. I suggest a good place to start would be Governor Drive between I-805 and Genesee Avenue where, on an average day, most Indy 500 contestants would fear to venture.
Joseph J. Andrilla, University City