Fairness and restraint

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To The Editor:
I guess it sort of makes sense for Judge Rosa, re your story last week on the increase in tickets being given, to have such a benign sense of the motor vehicle ticketing in this area, (last week’s quote) given that in court he is usually the one on the higher seat.

But if you add up all of the layers of policing in this area; the town, the village, the county sheriff, the DEP, the DEC, and the fact that we have a state trooper barracks in our midst and speed limits from Arkville to Andes that go from 55 to 35 to 45 to 55 to 30 to 55 within a 12 mile stretch, and lots of trees to hide behind, you begin to get the true persecuted feeling of what it’s like to drive a car around here.

Now, I think everyone should have a turn or two getting a ticket once in a while to keep them honest, instill driving safety and to move the economy and that’s the way it has been in my life of driving for 50 years (without accident) but on Police Route 28 I would bet we have one of the highest per capita ticket allotments in the country. And, as Judge Rosa represents, it’s not just speeding. You can have a dirty plate (a constant around here), have a wheel touch a yellow line, have your brights on a tad too long etc. etc. The list is long and each incident is upsetting and in turn costly. And plea bargaining, to be truthful, is not an enjoyable pastime.

I have friends who won’t visit anymore because of the driving paranoia we have created and I am certain that the economy suffers as skiers in their cars are waited for at the bottom of Belleayre Mountain and hunters in their cars stopped for registration checks at the bridge to Margaretville on the first day of the hunting season.

I realize the importance of safe driving and that it is the job of our officers to enforce the laws; I am only asking for some fairness and restraint. Maybe the state police should have a few local town-hall meetings to take the temperature of the people who live here, and then, hopefully, make adjustments to traffic policy. I trust that the state police and other law enforcement agencies would rather have the local folks they are here to protect and serve, look at them as allies rather than a force you just try to avoid.

Peter Lederman,
Andes