Mutually opposed objectives
To The Editor:
In the last two CMN issues there have been letters to the editor about “Police Route 28” and the advantages of more police in the area. It just seems like we are getting a much closer look. A drive from Andes to Kingston for a doctor’s appointment is more stressful than taking a driving test when you were a teenager.
Certainly if you are speeding you should get a ticket but the issue seems to me the confusion in our area of road signs and the frequent changes.
And since the stated purpose of traffic laws is safety not revenue enhancement it would be helpful to do the following:
Have speed limit signs that are consistent and clearly observable. In many areas there are yellow warning sign that gives you a few hundred feet to realize a speed change is coming up, but not in all areas. The yellow signs are very helpful and attention getting, which is good.
In some areas you can enter Route 28 and not see a speed limit sign for miles and especially if you are from out of the area, one assumes the limit to be 55.
In some areas the signs are hidden behind trees or other signs (not intentionally but nonetheless not as visible).
School-zone signs are confusing and again inconsistent in their instructions. The best ones flash when the reduced speed limit is in effect, and again consistency among town signs should be required and provides the upmost safety to our children.
Seems to me there is a twofold negative to the current state of affairs. If you drive tourists away, the foundation to the Catskill community economics, the revenue enhancement aspect of ticket fines is a false proposition. In addition, having faith in the government at the national to local level is an American attribute that should be a priority of our elected officials. To have the citizenry look at government as the enemy, something to be afraid of and avoided, is not in our interest as a country and leads to other problems.
One contributor suggested the state police should have a few town hall meetings in the Catskills to take the temperature of the people who live here and then make adjustments to traffic policy. I second that recommendation. Traffic laws are very important to the safety of the community. However, at times it seems that purpose has taken a back door to revenue generation and those two objectives are mutually opposed to one another.