Speed traps a waste of time and money
To the editor:
Every day, I travel about 160 miles for my employment. On most days, I observe more than one radar speed trap, usually set up very close to where there is at least a 10 mph reduction in speed so as to "enhance" the probability of a few successful traffic stops and guarantee the issuance of a few tickets.
I have no opinion as to why these radar traps are deemed necessary by law enforcement. I am 60 years old and I cannot remember a time when radar speed traps were not used. Obviously, they are not working or by now they would no longer be needed. I guess we just need the revenue they generate.
I do have an opinion on what a vast waste of highly trained law enforcement talent it is to have a large portion of our police force delegated, on a daily basis, to such a mindless task as pointing radar guns at cars. Sounds like a video game to me, not real law enforcement. Speed traps do not serve the public interest in maintaining law and order. Speed traps are irritating, annoying and adversarial to the public interest. They are used to stop otherwise completely law-abiding citizens from conducting their necessary and ordinary business in a timely fashion.