Let’s enforce road rules and ban texting on Scottsdale streets

I love Scottsdale, but can’t we do something about the large numbers of people who routinely run red lights, ignore speed limits and text while driving?

Joe Smyth

Joe Smyth

Even for those of us who favor limited government and maximum personal freedom, it’s a no-brainer the enforcement of speed limits and red lights are an essential and legitimate role for government.

Without strict enforcement, we become a society of scofflaws, and all of our lives are in danger.

The arguments against using photo enforcement of red lights and speed limits — that it’s Big Brother government and just a way to raise money — strike me as poor excuses to not drive responsibly.

The technology works. It’s a much safer and more efficient way to enforce the law. And, you won’t get fined if you obey the rules of the road.

Without photo enforcement, Loop 101 has become a nightmare; if you drive at the speed limit of 65 mph, you’re actually a hazard because the majority of the traffic is passing at speeds of 75-85 mph — and many of those drivers have one hand on their cell phones at the same time.

Loop 101, unfortunately, sets a standard of behavior that spills over to our other roads.

A law against using cell phones while driving is also desperately needed. You would think that common sense would suffice, but the sad truth is that we have a lot of sense-impaired drivers who won’t put their phones down until they know it is illegal and could cost them a stiff fine and a license suspension.

Editor’s note: Mr. Smyth is chairman of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA, but he writes here just as a resident of Scottsdale.

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