LETTERS

Speed cameras are wrong for Pa.

James Sikorski Jr.

Wapwallopen, Pa.

Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in PA. A real 25-state analysis was done of NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6% of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then. Nowhere does anyone ever put into a bill that speed limits must be posted at the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed. This is so that the ticket industry can thrive. Set the limits too low, ticket barely above them, get municipal radar and speed cameras, then watch the money flow in. Then you can expect more crashes, safe drivers cited, and lots of erroneous tickets.

I cannot even believe the state wants speed cameras and more radar. They flopped elsewhere and will here. The state wants money, whether from red-light cameras, speed cameras, stop-arm cameras, or municipal radar. Multiple media outlets stated that after red-light cameras were installed in Philadelphia, crashes went up, yet people still say they went down. Be careful who you listen to with traffic issues. Maximum safety on roads occurs when we have speed limits posted to the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, yellow traffic lights set to actual approach speeds with realistic perception and reaction times, and stop signs only where needed. Please contact your state representative, state senator, and the governor to oppose the above in Pennsylvania and demand best-practice engineering. Tickets should also be only points, no fines or surcharges.

Sikorski is the Pennsylvania advocate for the National Motorists Association.

Let the young speak

Lisa Boeving-Learned

Jackson Center

The mass shooting at Parkland High School sparked a social movement rarely seen in our country.

Even as these brilliant young people found their voices and channeled their anger and grief into positive force for change, many people are lashing out at them. I hear many false narratives about student’s motives and intent, claiming students are being used as props in some plot against the Second Amendment.

These young adults are far more informed about our world than most adults offended by their exercise in Free Speech. #marchforourlives was conceived and organized by students. Young people who have survived horrific events, and students living with the tragic reality of a school shooting or other violence everyday, have the right to speak out. I applaud them for their courage.

Those who insist this movement is about anything but commonsense safety should take a moment to educate themselves. Listen to what these students are saying.

They aren’t advocating taking away rights under the Second Amendment. They want universal background checks. They want weapons of war removed from our streets. They want high-capacity magazines banned. They want to give law enforcement the ability to intervene when there is credible evidence an individual with firearms shows threatening behaviors. These are sensible rules over 90% of Americans agree with.

Instead of inciting fears of non-existent threats to Constitutional rights, why not listen to these kids? We might be surprised by their wisdom. After all, they will be the ones in charge very soon. 

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