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Thursday, June 16, 2022

What good are traffic laws if they are not enforced?

To the Editor:

Does anyone even believe that the passing of a law has any effect on anything?
The answer is NO! It is no, because without enforcement, laws are merely suggestions for behavior. For example, Florida has a strict law requiring anyone driving a car to possess a valid driver’s license. If driving a car, that car must have a valid registration and current insurance coverage at least for everyone else’s protection. Are you kidding? Do you have any idea how many drivers have no license, insurance or registration? Too many.
Why, there is no consequence and very little enforcement. I see no reason that police cannot stop any car anytime and ask for a driver’s license, registration and insurance – they are required for anyone to drive a car! And, if you don’t have any one of those it should be a severe consequence, not just a slap on the wrist. Cars kill. Cars damage other cars. Who pays, you pay not the violators! Back to my point about laws being suggestions if not enforced with adequate consequences. It is an absolute truth that laws are only suggestions for behavior because if laws had any effect we would not have any crime. Laws define bad behavior, they tell us all what is not acceptable like 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. But that does not stop anyone from doing it! So, for all the laws we pass and all the grumbling we do – without enforcement it is useless and without consequence it can actually inspire more bad behavior if violators get away with it! My two cents.

Robert Nyce
Village of El Cortez

 

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